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Old 09-08-2003, 11:34 AM
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Unhappy route steering around a big hemi?

Help Anyone,
I am tring to connect the steering shaft to the power rack and pinion on my 36 dodge coupe, the only problem is the massive 392 hemi is in the way (BIG TIME). I have installed the 89 2wd dakota IFS and the hemi is now in place. What is the best way to solve this clearance nightmare. See attached picture.
Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 09-10-2003, 04:04 PM
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unfortunately, this is something you should have figured out before you mounted your engine or picked your engine. you now have to figure out how many u-joints you will need in your steering column. if you have two, you can make one out of craftsman knuckles and weld them to a shaft. or you can buy one like me from an outfit called :flaming river at www.flamingriver.com but their stainless leaves something to be desired, see my company review. it cost $250. if you need 3 ujoints you will need to pass the shaft thru an eye that is welded to the frame. if you need four ujoints you will need two eyes welded to the frame. good stinkin luck
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I have contacted both Flaming River and Borgeson, Borgeson has replied positively. They believe the interference problem can be solved with a few u-joints and a shaft - bearing mount.
Thanks - Dennis
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Old 09-15-2003, 12:15 PM
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It looks like your going to need two frame mounted pillow block shaft supports, and four U-joints. The splined round shafts are a lot more trouble then double-D. For real articulated applications like yours is, they're the way to go. Do a good mock up for shaft lengths and shaft support locations, then contact Ididit or Flaming River for application tech help and availability questions.

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Thanks again,
I am now in contact with both suppliers and will work through this application with their tech support people.
Thanks - Dennis
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