Throwback Thursday: Things To Check When Designing A Steering System

The week is almost over, and once again, Thursday has landed on our doorsteps. I don’t know about you, but my weekend plans are already made. If your away-from-work plans include a trip to the salvage yard or swap meet to score a “new” engine block for your project, we can help with that. No, we are not going to scour the yards for you, but we can help make sure you choose the right engine. Once again, we celebrate another editorial look-back, and jump into the way back machine to open the Power Automedia vault that houses our vast collection of articles and revisit another great informational piece.

Flaming River

The installation of the steering shaft and especially u-joint installation requires vritical attention be paid to details during installation. This critical area of the design and assembly is safety related.

In this Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a small jump back to October 2016. That’s when we teamed up with the folks at Flaming River to put together the article: Things To Check When Designing Your Steering System.

If you’re modernizing your classic with an LS swap or super trick front suspension, you’ll likely be modifying your steering system as well. To help identify and answer some of these issues, Mike Close of Flaming River compiled a list with proper solutions regarding steering column installation, column electrical and wiring issues, clocking and installing the canceling cam and horn functionality, and universal joint installation.

Flaming River

The angle at which the steering column goes through the firewall or floorboard plays a key role in proper steering-system design.

For instance, did you know that the angle of which the steering column is installed has an affect on how the steering functions? Angle it too much, and adverse affects will ensue. The length of the steering column can also cause issue if chosen incorrectly, but you’ll have to read the original article to find out more about that.

Designing a custom steering system requires that certain things are understood and outlines are adhered. With the help of Flaming River, the original article gives a thorough listing of steering dos and don’ts and what they mean. So I recommend that you take a good look at: Things To Check When Designing Your Steering System to find out everything you need to know, before you find out you did something wrong.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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