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Old 02-10-2012, 06:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what steering u joints to buy or not to buy

I am getting ready to order my steering u-joints for my build. I am going to need 1 - 3/4 dd on both sides and the 1- 3/4 dd to gm steering box. I have been looking at summit, speedway motors, and ebay. Are there any brands I should stay away from or any recommended brands? My flatty will be driven on the trail and street. Money is a concern, but the steering is pretty important. Thanks for any info.
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another question. Why does chevy put a rag joint at the steering box? I plan on running a standard u-joint. Will that be a problem?
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I always thought the rag joint was to eliminate vibrations at the box from transferring into the Steering wheel.. Which isnt going to be a big concern in a willys.

Also, Advance Adapters sells a saginaw steering kit for CJ's that eliminates the rag joint, so one could assume you're good to go
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flaming river or borgeson--I get/got them from summit racing...chris
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I just bought Flaming River for my build... they were a little less expesive tha Borgeson... They seem pretty nice... got them from Summit
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Just grab som at the boneyard off of a cherokee or chevy van. Cut and splice the steering shafts to the correct length. Uber cheap, and just as good as a high dollar aftermarket setup.
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When I built my Willys I used a steering shaft from a 5 ton truck cut down, look at the big truck wrecking yards.
The U joints are baby Spicer (replaceable) they look like the style used on PTO shafting and they have tons of misalignment.
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speedway brand anything are chinese and inferior.

I build race cars and buy sweet u joints from speedway, Ive had a few other brands also but feel the sweet are the best, they are perfectly smooth operating from day one.

speedway brand are all stiff and bound up new out of the box.
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I think, I might take a trip to the wrecking yard and take a look.
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flaming river all the way. really good quality and easy to use.
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