DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

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DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby fastboatman29212 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:06 pm

I hope this is helpful for my fellow 720 owners!

DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - NIssan 720 Pickup Truck

Enjoy, and please post up if you have questions. :)
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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby jimrs » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:29 pm

Thanks for a great tutorial. I have the 86 720 4x4 and wonder if it would be a much bigger job for the 4x4. I suspect I have a fair amount of slop in the steering linkages.

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby ProteanCarnage » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:58 pm

Thanks for the guide! I hope many will find this useful, going to be doing this very soon.

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby Superflyers » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:44 am

Hello again.
I am always reading all of your threads and find them very useful.
I have a little play in the steering box. Like an inch or more when turning the steering wheel. Is there a way to tighten up the steering box? I see a few adjustment screws, but I don't know what is what.

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby fastboatman29212 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:42 am

Superflyers wrote:Hello again.
I am always reading all of your threads and find them very useful.
I have a little play in the steering box. Like an inch or more when turning the steering wheel. Is there a way to tighten up the steering box? I see a few adjustment screws, but I don't know what is what.
Glad to hear my posts are helpful.
I have not messed with my steering box. Mine has some play as well. Things were worse until I rebuilt the front steering linkage. I suggest that you search salvage yards and buy one from an old 720. I am not sure if the 4WD and 2WD are the same or not. The trucks with PS will be different than those without. Anyway, just send the salvage steering box off for a rebuild. Then you won't have your truck out of commission as long. Good luck.

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby Superflyers » Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:59 pm

Thanks, I might have to do that, however I wanted to see if there was a adjusting feature before that. Is the maintenance manuals available somewhere on this site? Or do you have a copy?

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Postby fastboatman29212 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:54 pm

Superflyers wrote:Thanks, I might have to do that, however I wanted to see if there was a adjusting feature before that. Is the maintenance manuals available somewhere on this site? Or do you have a copy?
Let me go see. I'll get out my 1984 FSM and see if they can be adjusted.

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby fastboatman29212 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:23 am

My FSM didn't have any adjustment instructions for the steering gear box. The only adjustment I saw was part of a rebuild to adjust preload.
If it is bad enough then just get a rebuilt gear box. I don't trust myself enough to attempt a rebuild.

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby Superflyers » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:11 pm

Thanks.... Any idea would I would be able to find a rebuild box? I have honestly no clue were to look for those parts

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby fastboatman29212 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:50 pm

Superflyers wrote:Thanks.... Any idea would I would be able to find a rebuild box? I have honestly no clue were to look for those parts
Rockauto.com sells the power steering gear box and I think there are a few vendors who have you send yours in and they rebuild it and send it back. That's why I recommended getting one at a salvage yard and sending it to them. That way you can still drive your truck while they are rebuilding the one you sent them.

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Re: DIY Steering Linkage Replacement - 720 RWD

Postby AZhitman » Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:49 pm

Updated - All pics uploaded for permanent archiving. :)

Thanks to FBM for another GREAT 720 DIY article!


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