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Steering stiffener

Post by engineerted » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:41 pm

I saw this the other day in a post from the lada group. I might fab one of these up this winter and put it in the race car. I do periodically have to tighten the steering box bolts to the frame rail. What do think?
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Re: Steering stiffener

Post by fp55scca » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:53 am

--Ted, pretty slick looking piece, but is it necessary? I have never discovered loose steering box bolts on either a racecar or street car. However, I do use self-locking nuts (nyloc) on all suspension/steering applications, and larger washers on the outboard side of the steering box and idler to help spread the load.
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Re: Steering stiffener

Post by cgranju » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:18 am

I had seen those for sale at LadaPower. I figured for hot rodded Sedans (or Ladas) perhaps they have slightly less beefy front unibody rails & this would be nice to tie everything together.

This has actually been in my back-of-mind punch list for my Sedan but I wanted to get some more stock drive time in first so I could appreciate the difference.
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Re: Steering stiffener

Post by lanciahf » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:15 am

I bought one, unfortunately it does not fit. Ted if you want to play with it I can send it to you.
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Re: Steering stiffener

Post by spider2081 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:50 pm

Looking at the photo I don't see any threads sticking through the nut where the bracket attaches to the existing top crossmember bolt. I would replace this bolt with one about 1/2" (12mm) longer. It would be nice to see at least 3 treads showing through the nut.
Ralph maybe the Lada steering box is different size. What/where didn't it fit?
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Re: Steering stiffener

Post by lanciahf » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:07 am

I think the problem is our boxes are taller than Ladas and the arm extension did not reach the frame leg. I tried electrical tape but that didn't work either. I think next Scott and I will try jb weld.
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Re: Steering stiffener

Post by engineerted » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:36 am

Zip ties, you can't go wrong with zip ties!!
I will have to put the dial indicator on the box and see how much deflection there is, side to side, front to back while turning the wheel under load. My box is tight with very little to no slop, but there is some torque wind-up in the steering wheel before the rims actually turn.
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Re: Steering stiffener

Post by vandor » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:23 pm

I think a better brace is to tie the bottom of the crossmember to the 'frame' box section behind it. I've had those on my Spider for many years.
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