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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:27 PM
A list of things you'll need:
1: Window weld (You can get this at Autozone, Amazon, etc.)
2: A caulk gun. (I suggest a Kobalt one from Lowes. I broke two and finally went for the Kobalt and it worked.
3. A clean steering socket coupler. The rubber on the female side of the coupler just popped out of mine. The male side required scraping and a wire brush.
4. Gloves (I recommend..)
Well, heres your clean coupler.
As you can see, the female side is hollow.
I used a piece of blister packaging plastic from the wheel locks I bought early that day. I actually recommend aluminum can metal or something, using the clear piece as a template.
Stuff the piece in the female side
Fill the female side with window weld. Just a forewarning, Window weld is some super stout stuff. I had to put the caulk gun handle on the workbench and lean on the gun to get the stuff to come out.
Put the male side into the female side. Leave 7/16'ths of an inch between the bottom of the female side and the beginning of where the rubber was on the male side.
Slap your gloves on and run the bead around the coupler, but do it loosely. You want as much of the window weld to stay there, just make it look clean.
This job did pretty great for me, but I think I'm going to buy a a broken coupler from someone, window weld it, and put a piece of pipe over it and weld it. Metal weld for everything, window weld for back up. I feel a huge difference in steering though, and I retain the vibration absorbency.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:34 PM
Can't see how the Window Weld wouldn't work, unless it goes bad like the stock rubber over time. Still have the female/male stock setup that'll work but with play at worst.
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