Dodge Intermediate Shaft Bushing Instructions
EMF Dodge Ram & Jeep Intermediate Steering Shaft Bushings (DSB-3999)
THE BUSHINGS SHOULD BE INSTALLED ONLY WHEN THE SHAFT IS WORN AND WANDER IS EXPERIENCED. NEW INTERMEDIATE SHAFTS WITH NO PLAY MAY EXPERIENCE A RESIGNATED TONE WHEN COLLARS ARE INSTALLED.
UPON INSTALLING YOUR NEW INTERMEDIATE SHAFT BUSHINGS, SOME CUSTOMERS HAVE EXPERIENCED A VARIABLE "TONE" OF ROAD AND/OR TRUCK NOISE. THERE ARE MANY FACTORS THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION ON EACH TRUCK TO DETERMINE WHERE OR WHAT YOU MAY FEEL OR HEAR.
YOU ARE NOT ELIMINATING THE RUBBER BUSHINGS THAT DODGE/RAM HAVE INSTALLED. YOU ARE SIMPLY CONTROLLING THEIR MOVEMENT FOR A MORE RESPONSIVE FEEL.
If there's one thing we have noticed, it is that the Intermediate Steering Shaft on a 2003 + Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 and some Jeep Models has this bushing that gets pounded out and causes an issue with steering. We strongly recommend if your steering shaft is worn out that you purchase a new shaft - however, these bushings will allow for an inexpensive fix to an issue, before replacing the whole steering shaft. We have seen many customers replacing absolutely everything on their vehicle and not seeing any results. We suggest starting with this inexpensive fix first to see if it helps solve your issue before dumping a ton of money into parts you may not need.... or at least if you are replacing the ball joints, add these on and do them at the same time to maximize your results. (NOTE, THE SHAFT BUSHINGS ALREADY DO COME IN OUR BALL JOINT KITS FOR THE 2003-2022 YEARS OF DODGE RAM)
This is what the space in the Intermediate Steering Shaft Looks like when it is taken out of the truck without and with the spacers inside:
The Intermediate shaft is located under the hood near the brake booster for 2003 and some 2004 models and some Jeeps, but mostly it is located inside the driver side cab near the gas pedal around shin height. You can remove it if you like, but you don’t have to. There’s enough room in there to get them in without removal from the truck and takes about 5 minutes.
There is a Tapered end, and a Square end... press the Tapered end in first.
Tap one side in ½ way using a small hammer. Then start the truck and rotate the steering wheel so the other side is showing and tap the other side in next half way. Then rotate the wheel to get the first side and tap that in all the way and repeat for the remaining side until the bushings are flush with the intermediate shaft collar.
The press-fit bushings will fit very snugly, however, you can add some RED OR BLUE thread locker to the bushings to ensure they stay inside and you can also add a 1.75" Hose Clamp if you want to ensure they stay in there even longer if you like but it shouldn't be necessary.
The final product should look something like this on both sides.
Re-install the Intermediate Shaft if it was removed, or just sit back and enjoy your tighter steering!