Wes Duenkel
November 19, 2013
14. We began removing the OEM steering shaft by removing the pinch bolt from the steering column.
15. With the bolt removed, we pulled the shaft free from the column and out of the car.
16. Here you can compare both shafts. The OEM shaft (top) has a rubber rag joint. We primed and painted the Maximum Motorsports steering shaft assembly (bottom) to prevent corrosion. To speed up installation, we extended the telescoping portions of the Maximum Motorsports shaft to the approximate lengths of the OEM shaft.
17. To keep engine compartment fumes from entering the passenger compartment, we pulled the sealing sleeve from the OEM shaft.
18. Before we could slide the sleeve onto the Maximum Motorsports shaft, we pulled the slip joint sealing boot off the Maximum Motorsports shaft.
19. With the sleeve in place on the Maximum Motorsports shaft, we reinstalled the boot and sealed the sleeve with silicone.
20. After waiting for the silicone to cure, we installed the Maximum Motorsports shaft through the bushing in the firewall, into the steering column, and torqued the pinch bolt to 24 ft-lb.
21. Finally, we slid the shaft over the rack input shaft and installed the supplied pinch bolt to 24 ft-lb.
After installing Maximum Motorsports’ solid steering rack bushings and steering shaft assembly, we re-measured the steering response. As the graph shows, the results were significant. With no rubber parts to deflect, there is a more direct link between the steering wheel and the tires. The steering wheel felt more connected to the road, and the car felt more responsive.