It’s safe to say that the 1999-2008 General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs’ popularity is at an all-time high. You can see Silverados, Sierras, and GM SUVs on a daily commute anywhere in the US because GM sold millions of these trucks over the years. And while these vehicles are reliable for the most part, if you drive on long enough, you’ll find a weak link. One of the more annoying problems to come from these GM full-size trucks is noise from the intermediate steering shaft.
To get some details on why the factory shaft “rattle” and “clunk,” we reached out to Jeff Grantmeyer of Borgeson. “The factory shaft uses a splined telescopic section with poor machining tolerances that the OEM take up with a Teflon coating. The Teflon coating quickly wears out at a point on the shaft where there is the most flex between the body and chassis, this creates a dead spot in the shaft that leads to a clunk being felt and heard every time the truck flexes past this point,” explains Grantmeyer.
You can tell by the looks of the Borgeson intermediate steering shaft that this part is beefy and built to last. Grantmeyer said, “The Borgeson shaft utilizes a D-style telescopic shaft with precise machining tolerances that don’t require any extra coatings that can wear away resulting in a shaft that will last and be able to deal with body/chassis flex for a very long time. The shafts are incorporated with our billet vibration reducing universal joint creates a far superior shaft that will last and correct the annoying clunk experienced in these trucks.”
The Borgeson shaft is easy to install and connects to the factory column and the lower steering shaft using basic hand tools. The company also offers a five-year manufacturer’s warranty on this made in the USA part.
The Borgeson Steering Shaft 1999-2008 Chevy/GMC Trucks and SUVs features:
- A sealed needle bearing vibration reducer universal joint
- Built as a heavy-duty telescopic shaft assembly
- Installs in 30 minutes with basic hand tools
- Backed by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Proudly made in the USA
If you’re tired of your truck or SUV making clunking noises from a worn-out shaft, then visit Borgeson.com for more information on this product and others for all of your steering needs.