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1978 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT, 76k original miles, (was) 1 owner
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It is time to rebuild the steering columns in my '78 and '90 Broncos. During the rebuild of the '78 i want to replace the original turn signal switch due to age, more than the due to the performance of the switch.

I have found numerous switchs at LMC, NPD, Dennis Carpenter, and other places, and do not wish to skimp on this item, so want to make the best purchase for the money/reliability.

I wanted to ask the members in the Community who have replaced their turn signal switches what vendor they would recommend for reliability of their replacements. I will be starting this project next week, so i appreciate your suggestions so i can get this ordered and delivered.

I have purchased the steel bearings from eBay for both trucks, not wishing to skimp on the build.

Thank you for your advice.
 

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1978 Bronco Ranger XLT, 400/C6 92 K documented miles &1994 Bronco,XLT 85K original miles
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I have a 78 with cruise and tilt. Bought the one from LMC. Installed and it worked for 12 months. Fortunately I kept the mfg PN. Shopped Amazon. Bought it for a few$ less but it broke after 4-5 months. Bought it again and after 4-5 months it's fine and my back up lights work.
 

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I have a 78 with cruise and tilt. Bought the one from LMC. Installed and it worked for 12 months. Fortunately I kept the mfg PN. Shopped Amazon. Bought it for a few$ less but it broke after 4-5 months. Bought it again and after 4-5 months it's fine and my back up lights work.
And i am assuming that Shee-Mar was the brand you purchased? Can you verify the OEM part number is: D8TZ-13341-A ?

24 months warranty from Shee-Mar and they have been in business since 1970, so expecting them to be the OEM.

Thanks!
 

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1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, 400m engine, C6 trans, D44 front with Dick Cepek manual locking hubs
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I replaces the lower steering bearing with the steel one, as you know.
but there is another one, just a far distance more up.

This one is broken in my column, I hear it scrunching all the time when using the steering, gotta take the whole column of and replace it one day.
 

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And i am assuming that Shee-Mar was the brand you purchased? Can you verify the OEM part number is: D8TZ-13341-A ?

24 months warranty from Shee-Mar and they have been in business since 1970, so expecting them to be the OEM.

Thanks!
That's it! I can check thurs/fri when I get home.
 

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That's it! I can check thurs/fri when I get home.
That would be great. I am researching today so hope to find something in a book before then. Was hoping to have parts in-hand by Monday. Thanks for the help, I would not be this far without your knowledge.
 

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That would be great. I am researching today so hope to find something in a book before then. Was hoping to have parts in-hand by Monday. Thanks for the help, I would not be this far without your knowledge.
So i purchased from RockAuto, same item, 24 month warranty, but $2 cheaper than Amazon, and i only have to deal with RockAuto not a 3rd party reseller at and Amazon when/if it goes bad. 1 week delivery, same as Amazon. Found some NOS but the prices were North of $140 with no warranty. I will give a review on reliability and whatnot later.

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Yes, let us know how it works out. Mine work most of the time but just top working sometimes. I think I just fixed them by wiggling around parts of the column and the emergency flasher switch so I'm guessing I need a new switch also.
 

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Good. I recently ordered a bunch of stuff from RA and even with shipping they were less than Amazon.
 
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