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    One of those purists you keep hearing about. sdg3205's Avatar
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    That's an interesting point you made, Jon.

    In your opinion, does that seized steering shaft contribute significantly to the difficulty a lot of people have with unassisted steering?

    Also, how did you get the old unit out? I loosened my bolts on each joint and hit the damn thing with a hammer but it wouldnt even budge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdg3205 View Post
    That's an interesting point you made, Jon.

    In your opinion, does that seized steering shaft contribute significantly to the difficulty a lot of people have with unassisted steering?

    Also, how did you get the old unit out? I loosened my bolts on each joint and hit the damn thing with a hammer but it wouldnt even budge.
    Absolutely, no question. The difference was immediate and incalculably huge. It feels almost power assisted now. I love it.

    I also learned that the bolt has to come all the way out of the upper joint before the column will release. There is an hourglass shaped indentation that holds it in place, not just friction. Not true at the rack end, that just has a flat spot to key the shaft insertion.
    Jon
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    My friends think I'm nuts jawn101's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jawn101 View Post
    Absolutely, no question. The difference was immediate and incalculably huge. It feels almost power assisted now. I love it.

    I also learned that the bolt has to come all the way out of the upper joint before the column will release. There is an hourglass shaped indentation that holds it in place, not just friction. Not true at the rack end, that just has a flat spot to key the shaft insertion.
    Should amend the above and say that the bolt *probably does* have to come all the way out at the rack end for the joint to release, but the indentation is shaped differently.
    Jon
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    Ummmm.. oopps

    I think I installed this steering joint set upside down. Everything clears fine and fits fine. I see one side had a slightly curved piece (but the stamped part numbers are the same).. I guess that's the upper so it won't potentially rub.

    Is there a problem or should I flip them? I'd really rather not, but safety first.

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    Got the joints on my car,and the steering rack rebuilt kit.

    on those bad boys.

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    Tweedledumber DCUK Martin's Avatar
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    The curved section is to prevent rubbing on the bulkhead, however this won't happen on all cars so if it isn't rubbing on yours, it's fine

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    Martin, are new track rod ends supplied with this kit?
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    Senior Member Jeff K's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCUK Martin View Post
    The curved section is to prevent rubbing on the bulkhead, however this won't happen on all cars so if it isn't rubbing on yours, it's fine

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    Whew! Thanks!

    I didn't want to redo it.
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    Tweedledumber DCUK Martin's Avatar
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    I include tie rod ends in my rack rebuild kit but not with the steering shaft
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    Young Padawan With The DeLorean kings1527's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DPI JOSH View Post
    All off the shelf components from the manufacture. I stocked up on the joints only a few days prior to Martins solution. Which from a price stand point really does make sense. For many it is hard to drop 400 in a part plus install for something so simple.
    Hi Josh,

    I have a question about the stainless steering shaft you sell. It looks like the DMCH/Toby unit only has one stainless U-joint but the unit you sell replaces the upper and lower U-joints with stainless? Is that accurate? I'm under the impression that the DMC unit leaves you with one OEM U-joint and one new stainless U-joint. Thanks!

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