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MGB567
Barrie Braxton

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Fastcars Stiletto steering rack.
Posted by: MGB567
Date: December 28, 2020 08:36PM

I've asked over on MGE (Swaps and the B forum) without a real answer why Fastcars (presumably) welded a coupler to the 3/4 side of the 3/4 x 9/16-26 universal that attaches to the rack they supply. Does anyone here know?

(Fastcars don't answer my emails)


danielruhe
Daniel Ruhe

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Re: Fastcars Stiletto steering rack.
Posted by: danielruhe
Date: January 26, 2021 01:20PM

I am guessing it is to meet the tight clearance needed between the coupler and the part of the crossmember right there. once the coupler is on there you can see there is maybe only 1/8" gab between the two. Mostly likely they couldn't find a universal joint to for the job so they welded on an extension to the universal joint.


MGB567
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Re: Fastcars Stiletto steering rack.
Posted by: MGB567
Date: January 29, 2021 05:49AM

Thanks for that Daniel. Over on MGE I noted Flaming River couldn't understand why. It's too late now as I've bought a polished stainless universal (and FR reckon you can't weld a coupler to it) so here's hoping.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
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Re: Fastcars Stiletto steering rack.
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 29, 2021 11:28AM

Can't weld to it, why?


MGB567
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Re: Fastcars Stiletto steering rack.
Posted by: MGB567
Date: January 30, 2021 07:02PM

Well FR publishes technical details of their universals - one column is "weldable" and it said no against polished stainless. I haven't investigated why further than that.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
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Re: Fastcars Stiletto steering rack.
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 31, 2021 09:37AM

Cause the heat would ruin the polish, maybe?


MGB567
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Re: Fastcars Stiletto steering rack.
Posted by: MGB567
Date: February 02, 2021 03:09AM

Well that too was my assumption coz there's nothing to stop you welding SS that I can see.



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