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VW Steering Retro-fit finally finished.
Topic Started: Mar 14 2018, 10:21 AM (63 Views)
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I have finally finished retro-fitting the VW steering box, tie rods and damper into my Fugitive 2.

When I bought it there was a Vauxhall Cavalier steering rack fitted along with fabricated tie rods.

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Having never driven the car before I rebuilt it I left the system in place during the rebuild. Once I began to drive the car it was obvious that it was not suitable. There was massive amounts of bump steer and it actually had anti-Ackerman steering geometry causing the outer wheel to turn tighter then the inner one when cornering. The tyres would scrub and squeal under even mild cornering.

I removed all the non-standard components and fitted a new steering box, new steering damper and reconditioned tie rods with new ball joints.

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The hardest part of the job was lining up the original upper steering column with the input spline on the steering box. I did not want to use a complete VW column as the steering wheel usually ends up being too low in the car.

I had originally fabricated the column from Mini and Vauxhall parts and I retained most of this, made up a small section to clamp to the steering box rubber coupling then linked the two sections using a Vauxhall Astra double UJ coupling.

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To prevent unwanted sideways movement I made up new bearings so both straight shafts are fully supported at each end.

The standard battery will be replaced by a smaller Varley Red Top 25 which fits very neatly when laid on it's side.
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