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Old 11-08-2012, 09:00 PM
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Calling Larry Bible & Steering Gurus / Martureo

Just had an extremely frustrating 2 hours +. My car is now stranded, but I can re-install my power steering box tomorrow if necessary.

I installed the mechanical steering box. That all went OK until I went to put in the joint (Rag joint) / coupling. It is about 1 1/2 " too SHORT. Or, my steering column shaft is the same distance too short. Either way, I need about 1 1/2 inches or so. So, this body (1983 240D) must somehow be unique since my 1985 didnt have such a large gap.

1. Is there a unique coupler to join the box with the steering column ?

OR

2. Is there a unique steering column which is longer ?

Here is a picture from my cell phone but it stinks. I am truly agitated and tick'd off right now.

Any help or comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

Times like these make me think about buying a nice, newer Jap car.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:30 PM
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OK ... a little research and calmer head always prevails.

I need a 369mm steering shaft instead of the 322mm steering shaft.

Larry -- Can you PLEASE grab this for me ?
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:25 PM
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OK ... a little research and calmer head always prevails.

I need a 369mm steering shaft instead of the 322mm steering shaft.

Larry -- Can you PLEASE grab this for me ?
Did you check with "vstech" ?


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Old 11-09-2012, 06:32 AM
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I will call John after the AM. Maybe a drive to Charlotte NC this weekend. I am super annoyed at myself right now.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:21 PM
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You know what I would do? In a heartbeat I would put that power steering back in that car. You think you will save fuel? You're kidding yourself. The only saving will be in the purchase of a replacement power steering belt. The rest is all a dream.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:22 PM
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And that is what I did this afternoon. Very common sense. As for your assesment, I suspect you're wrong. There is parasitic drag caused by turning a pump, and that drag equals HP and MPG. There is a "range" among the experts as to the increase and decrease, respectively. No dream or fantasy there. Plus, my real reasons are simplicity. This is by analogy similar to converting from electric to manual window which is dreamy ... LOL
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:49 PM
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This is it .... VERY SIMPLE !

Larry,

Here are 2 pictures of the steering shaft. This is the 322 mm shaft. I need the 369 mm shaft you got (same car that the steering box came from).

The tools and time needed (at least for me)

1. About 5 minutes, if that.

2. A 3/8 rachet, a stubby extension, and a 6mm hex socket and phillips screw driver.

3. Truly simple ! Remove the under the dash panel and there is clear shot of the shaft. Rotate the steering wheel so it's a straight shot. It cracked right open and after loosening the 6mm hex bolt on the coupler, it pulled right out.

It is literally that simple and quick.

PLEASE grab the entire steering shaft, the rubber boot, grommet and whatever is part of the shaft.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:27 AM
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Well if you can get the factory parts it should be no problem. The benz will steer pretty well without power. You will only miss it when parallel parking.

I have no idea what improvement you can get, there is some drag when running straight but the real drag should only be when turning shouldn't it be?

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