New "Astro van" Steering Bearing / Upgrade...

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New "Astro van" Steering Bearing / Upgrade...

Postby Rafael » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:48 am

I am posting a link, for reference, I am not the seller, nor getting any kick backs... just a thirdgen user wanting to spread the word...

If you've been looking through the classifieds on www.thirdgen.org (like I do) you've seen a couple of sellers that sell an upgraded Astro van Steering Shaft... it basically replaces the sloppy / worn rag joint with a metal U joint... Nice...

Another upgrade some were doing, they were upgrading the lower factory plastic bushing with a bearing that the Astro van's also had... most people I talked to said they had trouble finding one in good shape... and I really wanted to address all the upgrades here...

I checked ebay and found a seller... I emailed him first and explained that the 91 Firebird had a plastic bushing, would this actual bearing fit / work? He stated yes. So I ordered it. And it does nicely!

It does state in his ad, "non air bag" but my 91 had an air bag, and it fit fine...

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I bought the one from ebay, seller cjsrods73j3, currently $45 shipped...
Part # 69-95GM
Item Title: 69-95 GM tilt & non tilt New Steering Column Lower Bearing, 100% USA Made, L@@@K

Current Ebay Auction
[url="http://www.ebay.com/itm/69-95-GM-tilt-non-tilt-New-Steering-Column-Lower-Bearing-100-USA-Made-L-K-/131481158788?vxp=mtr"]69 95 GM Tilt Non Tilt New Steering Column Lower Bearing 100 USA Made L K | eBay[/url]

There are a couple sellers in the classifieds of www.thirdgen.org selling the shafts, so if you want to also upgrade the plastic bushing to a bearing, this one works...

The steering is tight after upgrading these 2 items!

Rafael

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Re: New "Astro van" Steering Bearing / Upgrade...

Postby IndianaKnight » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:54 pm

Thanks for the tips, but I'm not sure what lower factory plastic bushing you are talking about. Is it also part of the shaft or part of the steering column?

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Re: New "Astro van" Steering Bearing / Upgrade...

Postby Rafael » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:14 pm

Lower part of colum For bearing.
Astro steering shaft is other upgrade.

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Re: New "Astro van" Steering Bearing / Upgrade...

Postby scatpack » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:52 pm

I will check my 83.
The 84 is sloppy but I figured it's not a ws6 car so it won't handle like the 83.


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