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Maidstone, Kent

Hey guys,

Iím in the process of redesigning my steering column, having moved the front seats quite a long way back.

I canít seem to work out what people do to have the steering column coming straight towards the driver, as the steering rack doesnít come out in the centre of the floor.

See the attached pics. To have my steering column coming perfectly straight at me, Iíd have to bridge an approx 2 inch gap between the cut-down column attached to the rack and the new piece of tube which has the steering wheel boss attached to it.

Tricky to explain, but hopefully somebody understands and knows what people tend to do here. Presuming people use two universal joints??



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You will need to add a god deal more support to the upper part of the column if it is not to flex a lot.

I did a similar thing converting from a steering box to rack and pinion (on a different car) and that was the main problem.


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Oslo, Norway

You will need two UJís and that should sort it

Edited by miniminor63 on 8th Nov, 2017.


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Betwix Harrogate and York

I used a Montego/Maestro steering column. It has the correct splines both ends and a single UJ just where it's needed.

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On 2nd Jan, 2013 fastcarl said:

the design shows a distinct lack of imagination,
talk about starting off with a clean sheet of paper, then not bothering to fucking draw on it,lol

On 20th Apr, 2012 Paul S said:
I'm mainly concerned about swirl in the runners caused by the tangential entry.


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Western Australia

Suzuki Swifts (the older ones) had a short section with 2 uni joints that should be about the right length. That have the same splines as the Mini.

On 24th Dec, 2008 Nic said:
eyh? im drubj but very confused##]#IU

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