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Old 05-17-2009, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default Max steering u-joint angle?

Mine is ending up at about 45 degrees. The borgeson website says 35 is max - like they'd know something about it...

Anyway the car seems to turn fine and not catch every 90 degrees. So, am I asking for instantaneous death or what?

My set up is a vega box, two u-joints, one at the box, one at the end of the steering column, about 10" of DD shaft in between. I can't lower the floor support or it will interfere with the Model A pedals and the top is up against the dash (picture no column drop required - just a U-bolt).
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Old 05-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

I doubt that you are measuring you angle correctly cause my borgeson u joint binds way before 45 degrees
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

i like to keep them to about 30 degrees or less , it seams like any more they get kinky

i agree with mink..are you measuring them correctly?
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

35* is the MAX... sometimes they wont bind, but they will fail from fatigue in short order if pushed over 35*

if you're at 45*, might be time for a double joint to buy you the flex you need. remember to put in a support bearing for sure with a double joint
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:10 PM   #5
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

ya better double joint as stated in previous post.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:47 PM   #6
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

I used an angle finder - the kind used to measure pinion angle and such. Set on the box, the needle is straight up at 90. Set on the DD, the needle is on 45. The steering column is at 40, but in a different plane.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:55 PM   #7
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

you need to post pictures , so i can use my calibrated eyeball on it


i'm not saying your wrong , but in my experience 45 degrees doesn't work
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:01 PM   #8
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yeah, pics would be good. I'm too tired tonight. Tomorrow, pics for sure.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:57 PM   #9
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

glad you asked, i was wondering about this too.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:05 AM   #10
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

Screw it, I cut another hole in the floorboard and moved the column down. Now both joints are in the 30 degrees or less range.

Now I have two holes to patch and the model a pedal head need about a 1/4" ground off each to provide clearance.

Oh the joy.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:09 AM   #11
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Default Re: Max steering u-joint angle?

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Screw it, I cut another hole in the floorboard and moved the column down. Now both joints are in the 30 degrees or less range.

Now I have two holes to patch and the model a pedal head need about a 1/4" ground off each to provide clearance.

Oh the joy.
Yes, but now you won't have to worry about your steering binding up on you, when you might need it the most! 30 degrees is good...
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