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I recently replaced the steering shaft in my CC 2550. I noticed that the steering shaft is only about 1/16 of an inch away from the transmission shaft. To me is just seems to close for comfort, I would think it should be at least 1/2 inch away. I purchased this machine knowing that the dash tabs were broke but after I started digging into it I discovered that she steering shaft was bent. I originally guessed it happed during transport but now I am begining to think it might have been rolled which might have slightly bent the column that the steering shaft goes through. It does not show any other signs of damage or even have any scratches that would indicate that it was rolled though:dunno: Anyone who is familiar with these machines I would appreciate their input. :thanku:
 

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Dash tabs being broken is not entirely uncommon, so you may still be ok. I know there's not much room there between the steering and driveshafts, but how much room I'm not sure exactly. I'll check at work tomorrow. I'd look on the 2186, but our dashes and steering setups are different.
 

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They must have changed this around some. I don't recall the steering shaft being being anywhere near that close to the drive shaft on my 2005 model year 2500 series?

I had it all apart at one point having split-open/cracked the steering gear case.

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There should be about a quarter-inch of clearance between steering shaft and driveshaft,

Had a 2010 2550 in today, actually, for a dash replacement, etc. Took some pics while I was in there for ya:





There's a few ways in my mind that you could be that close to driveshaft:


1. tweaked frame
2. worn or non-existent steering middle-bushing
3. excessively worn steering gear box bushing
4. steering-box to frame bolts loose
5. bent steering/dash tower
 

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There should be about a quarter-inch of clearance between steering shaft and driveshaft,

Had a 2010 2550 in today, actually, for a dash replacement, etc. Took some pics while I was in there for ya:





There's a few ways in my mind that you could be that close to driveshaft:


1. tweaked frame
2. worn or non-existent steering middle-bushing
3. excessively worn steering gear box bushing
4. steering-box to frame bolts loose
5. bent steering/dash tower
Thanks for the info and pics. I actually replaced the steering shaft with a new one. The bushing was in good condition but I did replace the pinion gear. after looking close at the upper support it seemed a little off. I put a ratchet strap on the upper part of the support and hooked the other end to the truck, I got ratcheted it tight so it lifted the one side off the ground and with a little bouce from my 220lbs it is perfect now. Everything lines up nice. This summer I will take it back apart and weld some more support in place so it is solid. I have to say the I am dissapointed in how they have the steering setup but its nothing that cant be fixed. Thanks for your help.
 

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Awesome! The whole setup could definitely use some gusseting. Glad you got it figured out - how did it get bent in the first place?
 

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Awesome! The whole setup could definitely use some gusseting. Glad you got it figured out - how did it get bent in the first place?
Im not quite sure how it got bent. I stole the tractor as is from a Deere dealer for 1400 bucks. So far after changing fluids, filters, steering shaft and pionion gear I stuck another 160 in it and it is perfect. Nothing else is broke or looks bent so my best guess is they hook a strap to the steering wheel during transport and cranked in doe hard and the bumpy ride did the rest. I have a blower lined up and thry are asking 500. I am going to look at it tomorrow. I sold my old white with a blower and after a lot of research will probably have a 2010 2550 with a blower and still come in under 2000. Patients and a little elbow grease pays off in the end.
 
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