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Old 3rd February 2008, 05:11 PM
CurlyBen CurlyBen is offline
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I should probably have mentioned that the car the shear pin is being used in is a racing car, so shouldn't have to cope with pot holes or kerbing. There's ways to just let the shear pin take loads in the event of a crash but to be honest they'd be harder to implement than the other suggestions.
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Old 3rd February 2008, 06:11 PM
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Default Steering column

With the sheer variety of prodution steering columns available, it is a bit like trying to reinvent the wheel.

The first thing you are giong to loose is the steering lock. Your number one method of imobillisation for the SVA.

Personally I think that most production columns would be adaptable to cover most requirements.

Although I understand where you are coming from with a view for track use.

The column I removed from the Volvo 850 is a peach.
All alloy 300-400mm of sliding spline, this connects to the rack via a couple of knuckle joints.

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Old 4th February 2008, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Bonzo View Post
The first thing you are giong to loose is the steering lock. Your number one method of imobillisation for the SVA.
I thought the ignition key itself was the primary SVA imobiliser, and that the steering lock, being operated by the key as well didn't count.

I.e. you need a second imobiliser method, independent of the key.

But, I may be wrong.

Regards, Ian
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Old 26th February 2008, 11:00 PM
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I have just been to SVA with a friends car ( first time pass) and the inspector was interested in the column and how it is fixed, i had asked him to explain as he wentr along so i could pick up tips for my car.
You need one mecanical and one elecronic means of immobalising the car, the mecanical one is the hardest because of the regs of not being able to start/stop the car etc so the ignition switch that also sets the mecanical immobalisor is by far the easiest option.

He was also keen that a motor manufacturer( the big car makers) had already had there columns approved and therefore he was happy to observe correct fitting of a known column.

To fit these, a Sierra column, to our cars usually means extending the column from the first UJ at the steering wheel end and as long as you support the column you can add further UJ's and compressable sections.
I have in total 2 UJ's changing the angle between 10 to 30 degs and 2 slidable joints with 1 crushable tube.

Also on his list of concerns was the strength of the steering support, this must be strong enough to prevent the column from being pushed forward or deflecting the steering wheel over 127mm right, left, up or down.

My current build which is not a Haynes needs the steering support hoop modified and i am using the original Ford Sierra steering support plate with the arms removed and two pieces of 3mm bar as support, that should do it.
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