Tilt Your Steering Column

New Tilt Column and Steering Wheel

We strongly advise that you test fit your “Tilt Column” before painting it.


At the very least, every steering column should have two mounting locations. There are standard locations for the mounts, which are typically located on either side of the vehicle’s dashboard. Two drops mounted to an under-dash mount are recommended by some technicians for “Shorty” installations. Either way, they should be able to support a load of at least 150 pounds on the side or the top. As a general rule, a steering column’s lower portion should not move forward or backward, nor should it be allowed to rotate or spin. Installation of the U-Joint Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing u-joints and couplers on your column, but there are two basic types to choose from on your ididit, inc. steering column: Spline Shaft for Extraction: Either 1″ 48 or 3/4″ spline output shafts are available “The number 36 is here. Slide the u-joint over the spline and line up one set screw with the flat spot on the shaft to install it. Assuming the shaft does not have a flat spot, it should be possible to simply slide the joint onto it until the shaft is fully engaged in the joint. Make a mark through the hole in the joint with a marker. Get it out of there. Drill a quarter-inch hole in the shaft where the setscrew will rest. To reinstall the joint, use the setscrew and jam nut that were removed during the initial installation. All joint manufacturers recommend using a thread-locking compound on setscrew and nut. DD Shaft for Extraction: One-inch or three-quarters-inch double-D output shafts are available “metric unit of length. In most cases, two setscrews are used to secure a u-joint to the DD shaft. There are two 90-degree setscrews next to each other. It’s easy to attach a u-joint to a shaft by simply sliding the u-joint over the shaft until it’s fully engaged in the joint. Make a mark through each hole in the joint with a marker. Get it out of there. Determine the location of the setscrews by using a quarter-inch drill bit. Setscrews and jam nuts must be installed after the joint has been reinstalled. Using a thread-locking compound on the setscrew and nut is recommended by all joint manufacturers.

The Turn Signal Lever :

There is a signal lever located at the very top of this column. Look down from the top of the column and you’ll see where a single screw holds the signal lever in place. Use the provided screw to install the new lever into the round hole. Make sure to use the screw provided when installing this lever in a new column so it can be fastened to the signal switch arm. Turning the Tilt Lever, you can see another opening in the column directly below the turn signal lever. The new lever fits into a threaded hole in the opening. Knob with Emergency Flashlight: Another opening can be found on the steering column just to the right of the turn lever. The nylon switch has a hole in it, which can be found inside this opening. To affix the new knob, simply screw it in. Check to see if you’ve completed installation of your flasher knob by making sure the knob is turned all the way out. Using the Column Shift Application: Attach the shift lever to the column-shifting knob. Tighten the setscrew once you’ve positioned your knob so that the set screw is not facing forward. The upper shift lever should not be removed at all, for any reason. It takes a long time to reinstall.


A standard 3 7/8-inch male connector is used on this steering column. A 4 14-inch male connector is used by some GM columns. In order to use a pair of connectors, you must have two of each. ididit sells a connector that connects to a 3 7/8-inch plug. Please refer to the diagram below in the event you need to replace this connector for any reason. Wiring for the Horn Button To work properly with an ididit column, a horn may require the connection of two wires. The button’s center lug should be connected to a horn wire that came with your steering column, provided. In the horn cam, this horn wire can be inserted. Assuming there is a second, lateral wire, it’s probably a ground wire . In most cases, an o-ring is used to secure the button. A wire is provided to ground the horn button because the o-ring alone is insufficient for establishing a good connection with the earth. If the adaptor does not have a hole for grounding, attach the wire to the adaptor using one of the puller holes and a short bolt.

Accurately matching up your columns This steering column must be installed in tandem with the rest of the steering system to ensure proper operation. The smoothness of the steering is dependent on it for signal cancellation and wheel position. Complete synchronization can be achieved by following the steps outlined in this table.

With the steering toe set reasonably close, the front wheels must point straight ahead.

Make a clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation of the gearbox or rack’s input shaft. As an example, if the shaft rotates three full turns between locks. From either locked position, the center will be 11/2 turns away.

To ensure that the drag link fits without moving the box or rack or the front wheels, install the steering arm and drag link. By ensuring that each tie rod end is rotated the same number of times, the original adjustment can be maintained.

It’s now time to put in place the column and both u-joints, ensuring that the bearing cups of both joints are flat on a level surface and that both joints’ flex directions are parallel. Phase has been achieved for your u-joints.

 Put on the gearbox/rack the shaft or joint. Let go of the upper portion of the shaft for now.

The signal switch arm should be level with the left side of the column housing when it is in this position.

It’s time to get the column into your joint through your firewall.

 The finished installation of your column should look like the diagram below in order to achieve proper synchronization.

Take hold of the post on the horn cam and turn it until it reaches 10:30. To ensure that your column is in sync, you’ll need to finish it.


This is critical. The column’s top shaft is the same as that found in a 1969-94 GM passenger car. No modifications are required for original wheels from these years to attach to the top of the column. An adaptor will be needed for an aftermarket wheel. Align the adaptor’s spline and horn cam with those on the column’s top and slide it on. Your steering column came with a nut. The nut will hold the wheel in place on the column’s uppermost sprocket. A 72-ft-pound torque should be applied to the wheel nut. Installation of Column Shift Linkage You’ll notice a lever at the bottom of the column. This is the shift lever to which your column-to-transmission linkage will be attached. The 5/16 hole in the bushings is used to secure the rod to the column in most kits. To avoid a rattle, make sure that no part of their linkage hits the metal portion of the lever, as this can be done by following the instructions in the kit.