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JGC403
Posted 2019-08-17 10:52 PM (#586157)
Subject: Steering Insulator


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I need to replace the steering column to body seal, since I'll have the steering column out I'll replace the steering Insulator while I'm in there. I haven't ordered a new one yet so I'm not sure what it looks like exactly. I like to try and remove as much slop in the steering system as I can. Does anyone think that an insulator made of poly or even aluminum remove more free play than just replacing it with a new rubber insulator?
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1960fury
Posted 2019-08-18 6:26 AM (#586171 - in reply to #586157)
Subject: Re: Steering Insulator



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Yes, search this site, I made one out of nylon 20+ years ago, still like new, one of the best and cheapest mods I've ever done. Skip rubber in the steering components. Insulator, center link bushing, idler arm. Makes a night and day difference.
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JGC403
Posted 2019-08-18 9:04 AM (#586173 - in reply to #586171)
Subject: Re: Steering Insulator


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1960fury - 2019-08-18 6:26 AM

Yes, search this site, I made one out of nylon 20+ years ago, still like new, one of the best and cheapest mods I've ever done. Skip rubber in the steering components. Insulator, center link bushing, idler arm. Makes a night and day difference.


I did a search and found a couple of threads with you saying that you made one out of nylon. Did you have a thread on how you made it? Or what I found is what you had in mind?

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mstrug
Posted 2019-08-18 9:31 AM (#586174 - in reply to #586157)
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1960fury
Posted 2019-08-18 10:25 AM (#586177 - in reply to #586173)
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JGC403 - 2019-08-18 9:04 AM

1960fury - 2019-08-18 6:26 AM

Yes, search this site, I made one out of nylon 20+ years ago, still like new, one of the best and cheapest mods I've ever done. Skip rubber in the steering components. Insulator, center link bushing, idler arm. Makes a night and day difference.


I did a search and found a couple of threads with you saying that you made one out of nylon. Did you have a thread on how you made it? Or what I found is what you had in mind?


There were a couple of threads on this subject. IIRC one member crafted one artfully out of a Nylon block! However, the inner rounded piece does absolutely nothing to transmit steering movements/forces, so all you need is nylon sheet in the appropriate size. That would be inner fork distance minus steering shaft thickness (the flat part that goes into the fork) divided by 2. Thats it.

Replace the roll pin or cotter pin (both were used by the factory) with a bolt/lock nut and run a ground wire from the bolt to the steering shaft were you can connect it with a hose clamp. You will never have free play or ground problems again. This is the way the factory should have done it.

Another neat little trick, that makes the connection even more durable, check for steering shaft engangement in the fork. Often it does not engage deep enough. You can improve that by shortening the steering tube at the lower end slightly. Every bit helps, even it its just 1/16".

Just one word of caution. Because the Nylon is less flexible, the steering box needs perfect alignment with the steering tube (dash).
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1960fury
Posted 2019-08-25 8:39 AM (#586535 - in reply to #586157)
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Oh thank you, don't mention it. It is always nice to donor some of my lifetime to write technical advice, just to help someone out and to share my experience, so others can save money and time. ***********
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