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Techical Discussions => Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION => Topic started by: Johnny D. on July 13, 2008, 04:57:42 PM

Title: rag joint
Post by: Johnny D. on July 13, 2008, 04:57:42 PM
someone explain a rag joint to me... i was told mine minght be outa whack, but i cant remember everything...




Title: rag joint
Post by: Steve on July 13, 2008, 07:09:47 PM
Your rag joint is fine
Title: rag joint
Post by: fury fan on July 14, 2008, 02:48:42 AM
It's a rubber isolator between the steering column and the shaft that goes to the steering box. 
 
The one I'm speaking of is used mostly from 65 to early 70s, more common in cars with the Saginaw (IIRC) steering column.  Cars I've owned that have had it: 65 Fury, 65-66 Chrysler, 65 Dodge, 70 Chrysler.  Ones that don't: 68 Fury, 70 Fury
 
It's about 3" diameter and about 1" thick.  Has 4 metal triangular inserts in it, too.  It's a far more engineered piece that the 1/4" thick corded-rubber parts that the Brand X vehicles use.
 
Reportedly the thick style was used in vans in later years but I've not yet seen one, and I've checked a few vans over the years looking for it.
 
If your joint is bad, my experience is that you will hear cracking noises in the steering column when turning the steering wheel at low speed.
Title: rag joint
Post by: Stan Paralikis on July 14, 2008, 04:55:22 AM
Those $%#@ things are a PITA.  If the budget allows it, replace the setup with a Flaming River unit.
Title: rag joint
Post by: fury fan on July 14, 2008, 05:24:27 AM
I agree on the PITA, I've replaced at least 3 of them in the last 5 years (mostly as a preventative measure, though).  If I didn't have a good source for new ones I'd probably change it over to something else. 
 
However, I have a hard enough time getting factory-designed parts installed (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley18.gif), I'm not gonna try one of those 'bolt-in' aftermarket parts!!!  And I do like the idea of a rubber part in my non-collapsible steering columns, too.
Title: rag joint
Post by: Steve on July 14, 2008, 10:18:29 AM
You can still get the thinner ones at the dealer.  The 90's pickups used them
Title: rag joint
Post by: Johnny D. on July 14, 2008, 05:00:51 PM
learn something every day... thanks... and based on that hobby is right mine is ok!

Title: rag joint
Post by: Steve on July 14, 2008, 05:23:24 PM
Oh.  Is that what this was all about?
Title: rag joint
Post by: Stan Paralikis on July 15, 2008, 03:36:04 AM
Quote from: POLARACO
Oh.  Is that what this was all about?
 
This is what may have confused you:
 
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If your joint is bad, my experience is that you will hear cracking noises...
Title: rag joint
Post by: Steve on July 15, 2008, 04:50:54 AM
Quote from: Commando1
Quote from: POLARACO
Oh.  Is that what this was all about?
 
This is what may have confused you:
 
 
Haven't in many years, but I AM WILLING TO RESTART!  LOL
Title: rag joint
Post by: Matt Aker on July 15, 2008, 05:37:59 AM
You used to smoke RAGS??????  They weren't oily I hope? (http://moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif)