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79 Bay, worm and roller steering box repair

Discussion in 'Steering, brakes & Suspension' started by rstucke, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Early bays up to 73 had there wipers the other way round
     
  2. Type36

    Type36 New Member

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    Thanks for the box Rick, fantastic work really appreciate you taking the time and care to rebuild these. On a side note I made a output shaft dust seal last night, should keep the road grime and dust of the shaft seal..
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  3. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    G/Day Rick.
    I know this was written in 2015 but i often wondered how it was done so being in the early hrs of the morning ,(5 am ,)and not ready to get out bed yet i decided to read yr post ,all i can say is ,,,,wow ,,,, im glad that i have ,now i have a little more understanding of the proccess Im not sure how people ,such as yourself, can nut all this out and come up with the right answers ,but im glad that you did.If there is one thing i have noticed is that old habits are hard to break, after having my st/box replaced i thought there was not a lot of difference ,but then the more i thought about it , it was me still trying to swing the wheel from side to side to keep a straight line rather than let it do the job it self, (hope you can understand where im coming from here,).once i got out of that habit its ok ,certainly a lot better than before. I think a wheel alignment now is in order from Pedders just to make sure the set up is correct .I know its the very nature of the beast to have some wander in side winds and one never stop this BUT with a new box ,w/align ,correct tyre pressure ,it is going tobe as good as it can possibly be
    Cheers Rick
    Chris .
     
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  4. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    One other thing is to check the steering damper. They do get forgotten and make a considerable difference in cross winds.

    Adrian
     
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  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    And shocks ;)

    No reason a Kombi can't handle well.
     
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  6. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    People kept telling me that "kombis wander, you just have to put up with it". That was until I finally found a mechanic who knew what they were doing. He replaced the drag link and tie rod assemblys and adjusted the steering box. I got a wheel alignment done after this and now the steering is so much better! I can't believe the difference.
     
  7. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    It good to see you are seeing a difference.

    It should be obvious that greater the maintenance the better and safer he ride .and so it is with all steering components, but we also have to face facts that these wonderful old beast are renowned for wandering especialy in side winds. I have had all my components renewed and thanks to rstucke the steering box was the last , it really has improved the steering no end but have yet to find out how it handles in a strong sidewind.i am confident i will see a marked improvement..
    Chris.
     
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  8. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    that in itself makes a HUGE difference!
     
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  9. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Oh, so correct Barry.
     
  10. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Well you've hit the bonus TeeBee;). A kombi mechanic knowing what they're doing & a wheel alignment place that also knows Kombis:D. Stick with them like glue:). Last w/a I got they didn't have a big enough spanner to adjust the w/a:(. Way happy for you & the improved drive.
    Cheers
     
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  11. Bulli71

    Bulli71 New Member

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    Btw, he also has the original VW wheel and gearbox bearings, so no trouble with chinese cheap stuff

    Interesting read and fantastic work.
    However, I may add something here, as I found a dealer who has the original bearings for the late bay steering boxes.
    Bought two sets from him, +new balls (5/16"). He bought the remains of production, so these are NOS.
    http://www.peters-bearing.de/index.php
     
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  12. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That's a great link Bulli71, !
    Welcome to KC.
    Drop into the new members Section and introduce yourself and your bus.
    Enjoy the ride:cool:
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  13. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Great info and link!

    Welcome to the Kombi Club Bulli71. :)

    Enjoy the ride..... ;)
     
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  14. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    Sorry guys, workshop is closed for a while
    good luck finding bearing cups
    balls can be found at any bearing service
    bearing cups are unobtanium, worm shafts are the same
     
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  15. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Got the cracked screen back @rstucke ;).
    Cheers
     
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  16. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Well I can vouch for that Col .Since having the s/box rebuilt ,new tyres on ,wheel alignment done.and now box being adjusted .it is an absolute joy to drive .
    Big thanks to restucke for getting the ball rolling.
     
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  17. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    you have no idea the sh#t I've just gone through @David H
    Lost my Tazie picks, some resto pics and a whole lot of other tech stuff
    Too lazy to back up since sometime last year (lesson learnt)New tablet with all the bulls#t that goes with getting to do what is needed
    The irony of it all is that the stuff I lost was on an ssd card in the laptop. When I attempted to open the thing up I forgot to remove the little card.
    It snapped in half and I'm sure you could hear me from your place.
    I took myself out gave myself a few upper cuts.
    Now that the bruising has gone down and I can see, I'm back on line.
     
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  18. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Mongrel.!
     
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  19. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like the time you backed the ute into Blitz:(.
    Some lessons are easy to learn & some need to be learnt a few times. Our girls have had a hard drive 'back up' since 2007 but that doesn't mean they've been perfect with that. But does mean we can say "Why no back up" when it goes SOUTH!
    Be gentle on yourself & learn the 'back up in 3 places lesson;).
    Cheers
     
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