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Rag Joint problem

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I am trying to install an NOS rag joint on my 68 SS with power steering.
It does not seem to fit over the spline shaft that comes out of the steering box.
I have spread the "ears" out and it still wont go on the shaft.
The only thing I can think of is if there is a difference in the size of the female opening between a non power steering rag joint and one for with power steering.
Am I correct here or do I just have to stretch it out more?

Are there any other differences between the two?
Also, I saw another rag joint that had a wire connector built into it.
I am assuming this is for grounding purposes and wonder if it is required?
Thanks for the help,
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It seems like the shaft out of the gear box is about 1/16th bigger in diameter than the rag joint. I need to get a set of measuring calipers to make sure, but I took a 13/16th open end wrench and it fit over the shaft. When I took and put he wrench over the opening of the rag joint to compare the size, it looked about a 1/16th smaller than the wrench.
Thanks for the replies.
I believe you hit the nail on the head.
It looks like I have a non-power steering rag joint.
I ordered the one from Ground-up. Should be here on Tuesday.
Well.. I received the rag joint that I ordered from Ground-Up.
It fits, but it looks nothing like the original in the picture on their web site.
So I ordered another from Classic Industries in hopes that it looks more like the original.
I will also be interested in purchasing another NOS rag joint if someone has one available.
I will put a WTB ad in the classifieds.
Thanks again.
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