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Play in Steering Gear
i am doing the same thing on the 99 coach i recently acquired. we took the steering column and all out. it is a gm steering column that was commonly used in industrial equipment, more specifically steiger tractors and such.

the two u joints were worn as well. they are 3/4" and none of the local parts places ordered them.

they are moog 405 steering u joints. i paid 32 bucks for two of them shipped on rock auto.

the bottom bearing is available from

at least according to them.... i will likely try richards approach though to the bottom bearing

2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH

i ordered the bottom bearing as well from grainger


Radial Ball Bearing, Double Sealed, 0.7500" Bore Dia., 2.0000" Outside Dia.
Item # 35JC54

Price $9.90 / each

that blue piece of plastic that comes out of the bottom of the column that holds the bearing is about 4 inches long. it is very specific to this column and is almost a 150 bucks if you can find it....the new bearing goes into that plastic sleeve instead of the old one. slightly differntly and i will take pictures when i get the bearing

i am going to do the same thing for ten bucks.

that bearing kit for the bottom is over 80 bucks shipped is includes things you dont need.

i will post my results next week when i get them and me and my neighbor put it back together.

2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH

Just my 2 cents here. Earlier this year I took my column apart, replaced what I thought needed replacing, locktited those pesky tilt assembly bolts which started the project , and found that no mater what I did, I could not compress the column to put it together. I called steering column services and spoke with the owner Doug Gan.
I sent the column to Doug and in 2 days got a call saying I really should replace the bottom bearing. He stocks all the components to make these repairs.

Long story short, he was correct. I got the column back in 5 days, and I am loving the Newell with no slack, no wander.

Steering Column Services
Douglas Gan
435 319-6011
Guy & Sue
1984 Classic 40' #59
finished do the replacing of parts today.  

changed out the ujoint crosses.  they are totally tight now, no slop. 

also pressed in the bearing like richard used into the plastic sleeve.  i used a compressor tool that is made for clutches on my polaris rzr.  

we put it all back together and have not driven it yet but is clearly much much tighter and no perceptible slop or play.  


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