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longracing25
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted August 15, 2002 03:51 AM
Hey guys, i have a 79 monte i'm building, about ready to put new steering system in...i've seen the kits "Day motorsports" has...but i'm a little fuzzy on installing it. Do you run the steering shaft from the quick connect straight down to the splines on the steering box? I noticed they make a coupler, is that what i need? Which one for a 79 monte? I noticed there are a few differant sizes.....thanks!

powerglides
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted August 15, 2002 06:35 AM
Your steering shaft should have a colapsable section or at least one u-joint in the middle so it will not come into the driver in a crash. Use 3/4"x.120 shaft buy the oversize rod ends for support and use a universal on the steering box, not the rag joint. Also put clamp collars in front of all rod ends. Check out some of the better built (not just the fastest)cars at your track

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted August 17, 2002 06:41 PM
Use the collapsable stock shaft from the car, weld the joint on the end of it for the box and weld the solid shaft to the end of the collapsable. Eddie

Dunbar
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted August 22, 2002 12:30 PM
I'd just go and buy the steering unit from day motorsports. That's where I got mine and the only thing you dont get is that steering universal joint. Which when you buy that seperate it's $46.00 to $50.00... Myself I didn't order the universal joint cause if you hit the wall and the steering wheel and steering shaft comes back into the drivers compartment the front of the car will have to be pushed back a good distance.You'd basically would have to total the car. But I KNOW we all think saftey but I wouldnt buy that join. Just make sure you got someone that can weld everything up good and know what there doing.

Tom Asmus
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 219
posted August 22, 2002 07:26 PM
Hey call WOODWARD Machine they make collaspable steering shafts which are used in UDRTA cars and some Nascar teams use them. My buddy is the sales rep for them and he runs one in his Modified!

GnarlyCar
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 0
posted August 22, 2002 08:43 PM
Ummm..Dunbar?? You're right..if you hit the wall hard enough to move the steering shaft into the driver's compartment, you're gonna take some serious damage to your chassis. Fact of the matter is this: It don't take a real hard hit to bend that frame horn far enough to get the steering shaft that far back. What we're trying to avoid is impaling the driver with that very same steering shaft. Cars are replaceable.. Daddy's aren't. Put a collapsable section in it, PERIOD.

Matt

Dunbar
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted August 23, 2002 01:43 AM
I agree you need to buy one but what i'm saying it'll have to be 1 heck of a lick for it to come through and hit you. The first car I had I got turned sideways and it the wall head on and i was running the steering unit how it is in mine now without the joint. when i hit it smashed the whole front end up and it bent the steering shaft. The next weekend a fellow racer hit the wall and the shaft snapped where it was welded to the knuckle and the steering wheel came back and hit him in the chest. But i think they did a crapy job of welding. I'm just saying it'll have to take a good lick for it to come in the driver compartment. But remember SAFTEY.....

longracing25
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted August 24, 2002 04:08 AM
It says 6 replies.....i only see 3....is there a problem here!

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