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Old 11-12-2011, 03:21 PM
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Offset Steer clear install question...

Ive installed a half a dozen of these things in the past few years. Ive always make a frame work out of square tube to support it. I was thinking about making something that was a lot cleaner and simpler like an 18 gauge hat brace just tall enough to clear the nuts, welding the capture nuts to the inside of the hat brace then plug welding the hat brace directly to the fire wall with 4 or 5 welds on both sides... What do ya think, strong enough? The manufacture bolts it directly to the fire wall on the engine side of the firewall, I prefer to install it on the inside without drilling holes for the mounts in the firewall. Upholstery hides them nicely when on the inside of the vehicle. I'm tempted to go with my idea but thought I would through it out for discussion...




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Old 11-12-2011, 03:37 PM
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I'm no help but i would like more info on that piece!
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:54 PM
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I'm no help but i would like more info on that piece!

There are a few manufactures of these. I made a few some years ago but its not really cost effective any more. Its just a couple of bearings, shafts, motorcycle counter shaft sprockets, and a chain. Makes life much easier getting around headers and things in the engine bay. I this case I have a very tight floor for the peddles, by loosing the steering column it frees up a bunch of foot room. A little pricy but sometimes its worth the investment and I cant make them for that price anymore. Here is on of the links.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Steer-...Drop,6254.html
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:59 AM
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I think it would be plenty strong enough. If the manufacturer just recommends mounting to the firewall, anything over and above that would be a bonus. Stiffening up the steering and it's mouning is always a good thing.

It looks like the unit itself would stiffen the firewall pretty appreciably.

The only other thing I would think about would be to add some large-ish area doublers around the bolt holes so they don't crack/elongate later on.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:51 AM
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I think it would be plenty strong enough.
The only other thing I would think about would be to add some large-ish area doublers around the bolt holes so they don't crack/elongate later on.
Good thought! Maybe a doubler on the Hat Brace? Think Im going to give It a try.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:58 PM
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The only thing I don't like about your Idea is welding nuts inside the sheet metal, if seen and had nuts break of their welds. I would use rivnuts That way if they are ever a problem they could just be drilled out and replaced.

Other then that I like your Idea.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:39 PM
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I'm getting ready to install one of those as well in a 48 Anglia. I haven't gotten to the reinforcement part yet as I'm having to do the entire firewall and floorpan...







I'd love to pick your brain on how you've done it in the past...

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Old 11-15-2011, 03:29 PM
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I'm getting ready to install one of those as well in a 48 Anglia. I haven't gotten to the reinforcement part yet as I'm having to do the entire firewall and floorpan...

I'd love to pick your brain on how you've done it in the past...

Wish I knew I was going to need it before I built the firewall. I really like the way you took the time to do the custom recess for it. Looks Good. In the past I built a 1/8" thick doubler plate and and placed it on the inside of the fire wall and the unit in the engine bay. Then used 1/4" square to tie the doubler to other mount points under the dash. I actually think it was overkill and it shouldn't take anything extra if your fire wall is at least 18 Ga. I just don't want to drill through the wall for cosmetic reasons.
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I'm getting ready to install one of those as well in a 48 Anglia. I haven't gotten to the reinforcement part yet as I'm having to do the entire firewall and floorpan...







I'd love to pick your brain on how you've done it in the past...
what is wrong with your grinder? that is one wierd lookin disc...

cool french on the firewall for the steering offset thinger... :)
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:19 PM
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what is wrong with your grinder? that is one wierd lookin disc...

cool french on the firewall for the steering offset thinger... :)
It's not a grinding disk. 3M blackwheel to pull off the veraprime. One of my favorites!!
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