1985 Dodge Power Ram W150 steering

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    Gonna work that first thing this morning. That orange straw sticking out of where that pin should be is befuddling me.
     
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    Has anybody heard of a hard polymer pin that is hammered into the "bell" shaped part of the coupling that connects to the input spline of the steering box ?
     
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    So I think I know shy that clamp was on that coupling now. It's because of the shitty design. That pot coupling is in place, but the "bracket" that's suppose to cinch down around the pot and holds the guts of this thing in is only connected with these little flanges around the edges of that ring (see pic). In order to hold them you have pound them down (easier said than done with only one pair of hands. And hopefully with 2 pair, those little flanges get mashed in enough to hold. Bad design. Bad bad design. And I don't know shit
     
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    My further rant about the design. The little pin that you hammer in the top of the pot coupling, I'm not REALLY sure what it does. I'm sure it's suppose to keep the little metal "blocks" that get installed on the pin that is driven through the steering from backing out, shaft but man oh man, really? I would almost think there should be 2 of them, top and bottom? I dunno. But I don't have much confidence that after wrestling this for several hours that it is going to hold up. I do however think I'll apply that clamp on the shaft as well as precautionary measure to the bracket flanges not holding.
     
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    removing coupler and all from the steering box is suppose to make rebuilding the coupler easier especially if you have a vice. hopefully this pic will show. if not there is a whole DIY thread on those on RCC
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    Yes. I used that DIY. However, I didn't remove the coupling from the input shaft of steering box. Didn't want to have to try and replace the "worm" pin holding it on. And I just discovered my improvised fix with the clamp won't work because the clamp doesn't span the width of the bracket holding everything in. So I now need to figure out what I can use that WILL span that width. DOH!!!!
     
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    the only thing that holds the coupler to the input shaft is a roll pin. all you need 5/16" roll pin punch to knock it out. the rebuild kit even comes with a new one
     
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    Mine is slightly different (think it was rebuilt before). The pot coupling on mine does not have a roll pin that goes all the way through. Ther is an entry hole, but no hole on the opposite side. One of my previous posts, I mentioned an orange looking wire or straw. A buddy of mine postulates that it's a hard polymer pin that is wedged in there. Would need to heat it and melt that polymer. Sounded like a More arduous reinstall, so I opt' to leave the pot in place and just remove the guts and replace. Which is where I'm at. Just trying to figure out a good method to shore up that metal plate that holds it all in (beyond the little flanges)
     
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    just pound pin and plastic piece all at once. since you still have that plastic piece it sounds like the steering couple probably wasn't removed when the last guy had it apart. it might be a bit hard to see it in this pic since it was after painting it but i got one on my truck too. the steering box was off a 89 with with 45k miles
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