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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 03:25 PM
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Anybody ever make a steering column?

Hey all,

Sitting here at work thinking about my tub replacement in the next few months. I am considering on getting rid of the column and either make one or buy a kit from jegs or summit. Basically It would be a tube mounted in the stock position and have a bearing at each end. Than the steering column would slide into it. Locking with with a lock ring or something. I am looking to do this cause I want to give myself more space inside the jeep (jeep only used on trail) and I want a quick release hub.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Anybody ever make a steering column?

You want to replace the section between the steering wheel and the engine side of the firewall, right? And the lock ring is to adjust the wheel fore and aft?

I've helped build several setups on sports cars and worked on them on race cars. We never made an adjustable one, though. If that's what you're up to, I have some ideas I will be glad to share.
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Re: Anybody ever make a steering column?

I am thinking of taking out the stock column. I want to put in a removeable steering wheel with a release hub. I have seen a few kits for around $150 for building a column. I was just wondering if anybody has used them or made their own. Not looking for anything "adjustable". We were thinking of taking some tubing, have a machine shop make a place for a bearing at each end which would be held in by a lock ring. And build a steering shaft to slide into it with the steering wheel on one end and a joint at the other.

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Re: Anybody ever make a steering column?

Piece o' cake.

One thing to watch for is that you'll probably weld brackets to the tube, which will want to bend the tube a little, throwing the bearings out of alignment. I can suggest several techniques to avoid a problem there.

On the cars we built, we had a frame tube running across the bottom of the instrument panel, and mounted a pillow block to that. Then there was another pillow block on another frame tube farther forward somewhere, so we didn't use a tube.

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Re: Anybody ever make a steering column?

If you could weld the brackets on the tube before
machining,the bend wouldn't be a problem.Or you
could do like I've seen on some cars OEM and
drill and tap the tube 4 spots a bracket.Been
working on them old cars for years.
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