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No, the joint pictured above connects the underhood steering shaft to the steering box, at the steering box. They degrade over time from heat and grime. It center section is rubber that is quite strong wen healthy, but goes limp as it gets old. The joint is designed in such a way that the rubber can completely wear out and you'll still have steering because of pins and bolts sticking out, but it will feel really loose. It's normally hidden in a plastic snap on shroud that's there to keep oil and grease off the joint.
Here is a better alternative than replacing it:

Here's what a S10 rag joint looks like in place:


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Or you could replace it with this real u-joint for even better steering. It's only about $6 more than the rag joint.

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Is there a part number for that joint? Would I benefit from just that if i want to do the LS swap later or do I need the Jeep steering shaft for max clearance.
 

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IIRC, the jeep shaft is clocked wrong for the 2nd gen trucks. You can get one from Holley for $100.
 

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No, the joint pictured above connects the underhood steering shaft to the steering box, at the steering box. They degrade over time from heat and grime. It center section is rubber that is quite strong wen healthy, but goes limp as it gets old. The joint is designed in such a way that the rubber can completely wear out and you'll still have steering because of pins and bolts sticking out, but it will feel really loose. It's normally hidden in a plastic snap on shroud that's there to keep oil and grease off the joint.
Here is a better alternative than replacing it:

Here's what a S10 rag joint looks like in place:


View attachment 335760

Or you could replace it with this real u-joint for even better steering. It's only about $6 more than the rag joint.

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OK so that universal joint is a direct replacement for that rag joint? What is the part number? Can you just remove the rag joint and bolt this in? This gives you better tighter steering than the stock parts?
 

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The specs for the U-joint are literally staring you in the face in that picture. You have all of the information you need to find the part yourself...
 
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