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Old 04-25-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Aluminum and delrin steering rack bushings

Hey guys. I was asked on another forum to make some solid bushings for the steering rack on our cars. Should improve feel and response when steering. Great match with poly control arm bushings.

I have a thread in the BST section for them.










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Old 04-25-2014, 03:06 PM   #2
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even sharper steering feel? awesome...
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how much would these "tentatively" go for and where can I "tentatively place my order?? :D
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how much would these "tentatively" go for and where can I "tentatively place my order?? :D

The aluminum ones are $35 shipped, and the delrin ones are $45, "hypothetically" lol.

I just got approval from Tom, so you can "tentatively" PM me and I will give you info.
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I'm seeing a bevel on the rack mount but not the AL bushing ...
That will reduce hold down area and raise the strain on the collar, correct?

So my thought is a bevel should be put on the AL bushings to match the rack.
Could be wrong though.
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I'm seeing a bevel on the rack mount but not the AL bushing ...
That will reduce hold down area and raise the strain on the collar, correct?

So my thought is a bevel should be put on the AL bushings to match the rack.
Could be wrong though.

That bevel/radius is there to allow a rubber bushing with a big lip to be pushed through it. There is a very high likely hood that it will vary between manufacturers. That's why I don't have it contact there. The collar will be plenty strong. If it breaks from that, you are probably tightening the bolts WAY too tight, and I will probably still replace it for free.
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I was just thinking over the long term and abuse that maybe some some clearance may develop and the rack would move up/down and knock.

Reduce the length of the bushings just a bit and add a bevel and all you'd have to do to cure the clearance would be to re-torque the bolts.

I'm just speculating though.
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I was just thinking over the long term and abuse that maybe some some clearance may develop and the rack would move up/down and knock.

Reduce the length of the bushings just a bit and add a bevel and all you'd have to do to cure the clearance would be to re-torque the bolts.

I'm just speculating though.
The bushings have about a .050" gap between them when installed, you just cant see it. I don't want to add any bevel/chamfer, because the racks all vary between manufacturers. Some have a chamfer on one side and a radius on the other, some have a radius on both sides, and some have a chamfer on both sides. i need these to fit all of them.

I have taken a lot of things into consideration. I work full time as an aerospace Machinist, and have learned a lot over the years about structural fatigue and wear. Most of the wear on these parts will be from side to side movement, almost no vertical strain on the shoulders of the bushings.
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Anyone know if Tom went MIA for a few days? He messaged me that I just had to put my sales thread in the feedback forum and he would approve it, but I havnt heard from him in a few days, and the forum won't let me post the thread on group buys/deals yet.

Sorry I'm being impatient, just wanna get a gauge of the interest for the bushings here, as I got more than I was expecting on another forum, and was wondering if I need to buy more material.
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