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Thread: Steering Coupler (Rag Joint)

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    Steering Coupler (Rag Joint)

    Took the car to sears for an alignment, they recommended i replace my steering coupler, where can i get one?

    Its called a steering coupler or a rag joint, but none of the auto parts store list it. thanks.

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    What year are you looking for.....

    I have a 91 that I am parting out and it still has the steering shaft in it.....

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    This post has some info on replacing it with a metal u-joint:

    http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthre...=flaming+river

    It also gains clearance for headers. I have this on my SWB.

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    George, does adding this joint add any road feel to the steering as opposed to the rubberized rag joint they come with?

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    It feels a lot tighter if the joint is worn, but I did not notice any more vibration than before. There is probably some dampening in the steering column itself.

    The joint is mostly for flexibilty and while the rag joint probably transmits less vibration than the steel joint, I doubt many people could feel the difference.

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    Cool, good info. Thanks!

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