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Old 08-12-2013, 04:42 PM
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Ogre that is exactly how the steering on my 34 is also. Removal of all the set screws will not defeat the steering. Double "D" IMHO is the ONLY way to go.
Here is shot of my installation. Including the rack, U-Joints, DD shaft and steering column I have about $1000 just in steering components.


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Double is not the only way to go, because a spline is just as effective.
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Double is not the only way to go, because a spline is just as effective.
Symantics

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The benefit I see of double D over splined is in fabricating custom steering - you can cut the Double D to any length you need. The splined shafts are only splined at the ends. You have to buy pre-cut lengths that are close enough that you don't cut off the splines. Both require drilling a recess for the set screws.
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The benefit I see of double D over splined is in fabricating custom steering - you can cut the Double D to any length you need. The splined shafts are only splined at the ends. You have to buy pre-cut lengths that are close enough that you don't cut off the splines. Both require drilling a recess for the set screws.
As I said "The only way to go". That is precisely why I went with DD instead of splined

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If there is a NSRA safety inspector here at HR. com I would like to have him speak to this issue.

We were told by NSRA inspectors NOT to drill and pin the connections on the steering shaft. This was a few years ago so that might have changed by now.

So are the round shafts ONLY for weld-in applitions ?

I'll bet theres lots of Street Rods out there with the drilled and pinned steering shafts. I had them in the past too.

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Anyone have an opinion on this? Am I wrong to have drilled and bolted the round shaft?
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Anyone have an opinion on this? Am I wrong to have drilled and bolted the round shaft?
I can see how drilling a hole could create a (possible) stress riser and I'd certainly not want that. At a minimum, removing material for the hole will reduce the cross-sectional strength. A round, unsplined shaft (IMO) should have a full circumferential weld...

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Thanx for your comments. I am going to replace the manual rack with a power rack and go with a double d shaft at the same time this Fall. I hope that I will be ok weekend cruising until then. I am definitely light years ahead of the stupid pinned knuckles that could have killed me and my buddy!!!
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The benefit I see of double D over splined is in fabricating custom steering - you can cut the Double D to any length you need. The splined shafts are only splined at the ends. You have to buy pre-cut lengths that are close enough that you don't cut off the splines. Both require drilling a recess for the set screws.
Doesn't everyone just machine their own splines?
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Doesn't everyone just machine their own splines?
Now I have another reason to prefer double D...
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Now I have another reason to prefer double D...
Took a second.... but I got it.
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Anyone have an opinion on this? Am I wrong to have drilled and bolted the round shaft?
you set yourself up for another steering failure
it maybe the next pothole, 100th pothole or the 1000th pothole
but it will fail again
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Steering

That brings up my question on a Steer Clear unit. How safe?
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if it were mine I would have had it welded by a professional welder. Drilling through the shaft and flange have made them a lot weaker than they were. I would pull it out and take it to a welder if you dont weld yourself. brakes and steering are things that you can not mess with.
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brakes and steering are things that you can not mess with.
Perhaps you should have said "Brakes and steering are things you should not take shortcuts on".

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