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Steering U-joint Question

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by FinoCJ, Oct 18, 2021.

  1. Oct 20, 2021

    colojeepguy Colorado Springs

    At the foot of...
    Apr 4, 2010
    I'd forgotten about those, makes sense!
  2. Oct 22, 2021

    CHUGALUG Member

    Silverton, OR
    May 11, 2019



    Borgenson combo vibration dampener and U-Joint on end of stub shaft. To Heim Joint support. To Borgenson Double U-Joint used my own 1020 Double D shaft (I only cut the double D's on the very ends so the shaft looks round.

    Saginaw 525 6.25 turn Manual steering box Double Tierod end.

    It steers like a British sportscar up to 65-70mph super positive. With a 15" custom wheel made from a Joes Racing products aluminum flat dish wheel.

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  3. Oct 22, 2021

    duffer Rodent Power

    Bozeman, MT
    Sep 17, 2009
    I ran a Flaming River single U-joint at the base of the column in my 3B for about a decade that was a much more acute angle than James' (I had to do some grinding on the ears for it to clear). There was no discernible slop in that joint when I finally replaced it with the double in the current build.

    Again, I think James' current layout is fine. Keep it simple. If it does start to exhibit wear, it would not be too big a project to replace it down the road someplace.

    This is the current layout in the B. I managed to keep everything pretty much in a single plane.


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  4. Oct 23, 2021

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Denver, CO
    Jul 18, 2013
    As is my standard default process when I am uncertain, this is the plan. I am less worried about any clearance issue with the motor mount, than I am with binding of the u-joint. But its fine on flat ground, we'll see what happens on the road and easy off-road. I have the double joint that will solve problem, but I would need to add the support carrier which I don't have, and it would most like mount inside of the frame rail where I currently have brake junction blocks etc....hopefully it will work, if it doesn't, we'll deal with it then, and I'll have to rework some brake line routing as well.
    Jen joked I should just consider this first year as the 'beta' mock-up version...then in a year, we can tear it all apart again, fix what didn't work, and do a proper job on the frame and body and interior....I just want it run...:banghead:
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