Tried doing the retro xj steering shaft!

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  1. Chad neel

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    So yesterday I scored on a xj steering shaft for the ol pick up! I jumped the gun and went to the pnp got a freshly new one someone recently changed out so. I wake up get to taking out my old rag joint. "Cut" because I don' need it right? Well well well I didn't find this forum until it was too late because that upgrade don't work and a 1973 k10 so with my truck being a paper weight what's the best route replace the colum with a newer D style shaft or say f$%# yea get er done and grind this one down and drill it out?
     
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    What part of the world are you in?
     
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    Just get an adapter.
     
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    Why didnt' the XJ shaft work out? What was wrong about it?
     
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    The column is different where the shaft goes on, on the earlier trucks.
     
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    Interesting to know. I had wondered if they were applicable across 4wd and 2wd but never thought there might be a break in the years of the 4 x 4.
     
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    I live in California the upper part of the shaft don't work I like that ebay option is prolly the best route
     
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    Pretty sure it’s 2wds too that are different. I put one on my 87.
     
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    Somebody posted the size of the adapter for older trucks not too long ago, I saved it but I'll be damned if I can find it now..
     
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    Probably easier to do a column swap lol but I have 2 spares, so it’s easy for me to say that.
     
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    Don't know about that, you just swap ends, what 1 minute, lol..
     
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    Ok even easier lol
     
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