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Just taken the steering column out of my 4a and was just wondering if you can use the lower steering shaft knuckle off the TR5 or do you have to fit the flexible rubber coupling.

Mike. Redrose group 

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Yes, that works.

I did this but only on the lower coupling, not on the upper.

To the upper one is my hope it brakes in pieces in the case of an accident (is this a safety steering cuolumn alredy :ph34r:)

and the column is easyer to bolt out again.

Ciao, Marco

 

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You can fit the TR6 universal joint to either or both ends of the steering column on a TR4.  I imagine that the TR5 has the same joint as the TR6.

I believe that the Ford Escort uses a similar universal joint which some folk consider superior as there were problems some while ago with the TR6 unit failing to clamp tightly enough on the splines of the column.  Roger has a fix for this!

Ian Cornish

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Hi Folks

not sure how good/bad the TR6 UJ is.  My repair is for the splined clamp on the rubber UJ's.

You need to ensure that the clamp bolt can do its job and there is no excess metal in the gap to stop the clamping action.

 

Roger

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4 hours ago, RogerH said:

Hi Folks

not sure how good/bad the TR6 UJ is.  My repair is for the splined clamp on the rubber UJ's.

You need to ensure that the clamp bolt can do its job and there is no excess metal in the gap to stop the clamping action.

 

Roger

I just fitted a TR6-type joint to my 4 and the clamp worked fine, so I think your fix is only necessary for the rubber UJ type.

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Was once told to fit one TR6 solid U/J to my Tr4, but only one, or every shock is transmitted up the column from

whatever the wheels clout.

John.

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I’ve got solid joints in my steering column, TR6 at the bottom and Mk 2 Escort at the top. Together with solid rack mounts I have no lost motion in the steering and there’s no discernible road shock transmitted to the steering wheel.  

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There are no resilient steering joints in many cars; TR7 being one example. 
My rack and pinion TR3 has none and feels the same as my standard TR4. 

Edited by Drewmotty

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