August 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm #232419
Just bought a Fiberfab Migi, lots of slop in the steering (VW chassis), serious right front brake grab, and oil leaks, but a good overall kit. Can anyone help me with how to tighten the steering. It appears to be tight as far as the linkage, but there is slop in the steering box itself. ThanksAugust 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm #237458Mark HendricksonParticipant
The VW steering design is not exactly geometrically correct, but if you have checked the linkages and they are tight, the box may be the culprit.
A new steering box is the best bet. Keep in mind these cars were built from donor cars…who knows in what condition or mileage.
I sold an NOS German made box I had a few years ago, but I think Brazilian made units are all that is available now. I bought two from a local VW shop going out of business. I used one on the car now called Angelica (Bill Collins).
Good idea to buy German made parts for the VW stuff as much as possible. The used German stuff is usually better than the new Brazilian stuff in most cases.
How far does the sterring wheel turn (one way) before the action is transmitted to the front spindles?
Pink MG39680.6490046296September 4, 2008 at 3:40 pm #237459
bout i/4 turn. Did find some of it in the steering coupler, but the steering box appears to be the main culprit. Thanks for the reply. I will probably need all the help I can get!September 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm #237460samyerParticipant
I just finished up replacing the front-end on my 51 MiGi (69 VW underneath). I replaced the steering box as well. If you have made sure that your steering linkage is OK, then you can try adjusting the steering box. Muir’s book has a procedure, and the VW factory manual will have a procedure as well. The adjustment is the screw/nut assembly that protrudes through a hole in the front panel to the right of the radiator (as viewed from the front). This adjustment will tighten the steering action, but follow the procedure. Also, check the bolts on the steering gear box housing to make sure they aren’t loose. Mine were, so I replaced the box entirely because I don’t know how long it has ran without lubrication.September 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm #237461
Thanks for the info. I’m attacking everything as I can learn about it. The forum is going to be invaluable.July 6, 2009 at 9:06 am #237462
Finally got the steering straightened out. All that it took was new steering couplers and an adjustment oof the steering box. (Of course I had to take off the panel in front of the grill between the front fenders!) Rusty fasteners and bolts that were too long made that a challenge. Driving it almost daily now in decent weather.
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