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Old 03-01-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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i bought a manual rack and swapped it into my car yesterday.

everything went pretty smooth, except for where the u joint clamps onto the steering shaft.

the shaft on a manual car apparently has a flat spot that lets the bolt slide through the clamp, the power steering car has no such flat spot on the shaft.


instead of finding an intermediate shaft from a manual car, my plan is to run a drill bit through the holes on the clamp to "notch" the shaft. then put a bolt and nut through the clamp to hold it on the shaft.


anyone see a reason not to do this?
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Weakening the shaft?

Probably not, but it's worth considering.
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Weakening the shaft?

Probably not, but it's worth considering.
the "notch" will be less than 1/8"


i dont see it being a problem. but i wanted some more opinions....
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I went the p/s to manual rack.. my p/s shaft had the notch
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I went the p/s to manual rack.. my p/s shaft had the notch


i know...


i searched on m.net and apparently some did, some didnt
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You might find that the drill bit wants to enlarge your holes more than it wants to notch the shaft. You my friend need a die grinder.
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You might find that the drill bit wants to enlarge your holes more than it wants to notch the shaft. You my friend need a die grinder.


i was hoping to not take it back apart



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Try it out then. Hopefully I am wrong. I've been wrong before.
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You might find that the drill bit wants to enlarge your holes more than it wants to notch the shaft. You my friend need a die grinder.
Drill bits like to be easy like Hustler and go for the nearest available hole.

I've never had luck drilling a new hole within 1/2'' of an old hole. It's like heat seeking missile with holes, even with a dimple.
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im just going to suck it up, pull it back apart and attack it with an angle grinder.
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im just going to suck it up, pull it back apart and attack it with an angle grinder.
Smart decision. Drilling would have started another thread "Where can I get a new u-joint?"
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