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Aftermarket Steering Shafts--Anyone running one?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by OL14BLAZ, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. OL14BLAZ

    OL14BLAZ 1/2 ton status

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    Looking at replacing worn out steering shaft and getting rid of the oem rag joint. Does anyone on here use either the Borgeson or Flaming River steering shafts? If so are they a good product? Any real world feedback??

    Thanks for any opinions or advice. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif


    Eric
     
  2. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Backyardbuilt has told us how to make one from a van steering shaft, so since then, a few guys have done that. If mine ever gets messed up I'll do that.
     
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    When we put my blazer back together we just bought two of the Flaming River u-joint that they sell and hacked off the end of the factory steering shafts and welded on the bottom one the top one just slipped over the top of the steering shaft and is secured with two set screws. you would probably only need one I had to have two because of the extreme angles we were working with. IMO They are good products and I have not had any problems.
     
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    i run a borgeson shaft and like it a lot. Easy to install and theres no slop in it... u joints are way better then the factory joint.

    j
     
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    Dana Spicer sells very small u joints and yokes. I would just buy some solid round stock that fits inside the yokes, weld it together, reuse the ends of the original shafts so it will mate up to the steering wheel and box, then support the steel rod using a heim joint hung from the dash. Cheap and easy.
     
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    Speedway motors www.speedwaymotors.com sells those steering u joints and shafts also if you looking to build one and maybe save some money. Look in their online catalog in the street rod or race car stuff.
     
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    I have a Borgeson one also. They are certainly tighter than an old stocker. I think it is a worthwhile expenditure, although pricey.
    A $300 detroit or a $100 steering box brace is money better spent if don't have those things.
    Determine your priorities...
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I have a Borgeson one also. They are certainly tighter than an old stocker. I think it is a worthwhile expenditure, although pricey.
    A $300 detroit or a $100 steering box brace is money better spent if don't have those things.
    Determine your priorities...

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I have both of those, that's why I don't want my steering shaft to be the first thing I break when I finally get back on the trail.



    I like Bryan's idea of building my own, I could order some Flaming-River or Spicer Joints and use some really beefy hex stock and have one hell of a steering shaft. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif




    Thanks guys for all the replies and advice. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Eric
     
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    I run a flaming river unit on the 80 with the vibration dampener built in. Slick as [darn] and tightened up my steering alot.
     
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    I have what Blk87k5 is talking about but mine runs on a bushing set up at the dash and is bar stock surrounded by tube (barstock slides through the bushings). Randyellisdesign.com built it for me. It utilizes a PTO ujoint. No slop and no tilt or steering "lock" but I do have a removable steering wheel for security.
     

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