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The Saginaw steering conversions for these vehicles is a proven advantage. The problem with stock steering on these vehicles is excessive play or backlash. In addition to offering a sound positive means of controlling your vehicle, it can be performed at a reasonable cost. Additional advantages include exhaust clearance, engine positioning, and custom steering columns.
Jeeps prior to 1971 had basically the same stock configuration. It is simply a gear box at the base of the steering column which controls a drag link towards the front of the vehicle. The bell crank is mounted on the front crossmember or axle and uses a push-pull affect for steering. Because there are many motions and joints on this system, excessive free play and backlash develops.The Saginaw steering system requires the elimination of the stock gear box and bell crank. The new steering box is mounted on the inside of the left front frame rail, just behind the bumper.
This kit should not be used with stock 4 cylinder engines.
Manifold clearance on 1966-71 Jeeps with a stock 225 V6: The steering shaft hits the stock manifold, two options for clearance would be switch to exhaust headers (717020) for the Jeep or switch to a Buick 231 1975 and newer rear wheel drive vehicle manifold.
Advance Adapters got its start in Downey, California in 1971 with a single adapter mating a Muncie car 4-speed to a Jeep Dana 18 transfer case. Eventually headers, overdrives, motor mounts and linkage brackets were added to the offerings to complement their core adapter components. When interest in rock crawling spiked in the mid-1990s, Advance Adapters offered low ratio transmission swaps then switched gears into the ultra-low gear transfer case arena. Today, the company is based in Paso Robles, California and their engine and transmission conversions for Jeeps are in kit form and sold as individual components. Shop Advance Adapters Now