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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:30 am    Post subject: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

Greetings everyone.

I know I have seen this before but I canít find the answer.

Steering box clamp has two positions.

Which one does a Thing use.

Picture from the service manual as to what Iím referring too.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:30 am    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

It seems to me (and it's been a while since I've been under there) but my 181 beam has two locating pins for that clamp, and both "notches" are engaged whichever way that clamp is oriented.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

Well darn that's new to me, and mine was off about 20 years ago. Are they all like this? I wonder if I got it right by accident. What happens if it's installed wrong?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

So here is what I have learned.

The actual thing clamp is marked 13 &14

Thing should have the number 13 on the notch.

Mine was mounted wrong for about 20 years since the last time I took it off.

This did not seem to cause any issues.

But since installing it correctly I found it was easier to get to the adjustment screw and holes for where the grease should go.


Consequently I removed one shaft to replace the seal at the bottom of the box due to it leaking.

Then repacked it with John Deere Corn head grease.

Then drilled the holes for grease out and tapped for 10mmx 1 thread for grease fittings so I can add more grease later.

To keep the seals from blowing out I will remove the upper zest fitting and fill until grease comes out there.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

Hi all
Have a look there: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=202261&highlight=steering+box+clamp
The right clamp position for the thing is 13 forward, like the bug Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

Speaking from ignorance here, but I suspect the clamp will fit both pins even when fitted wrong.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

If you use the 14 the box will be more laid down. That is for the Ghia that you sit lower.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:41 am    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

When installed incorrectly, this puts a horrible angle on the rag joint/steering coupler which will lead to premature failure of the coupler.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Steering Box Clamp Reply with quote

So just to clarify the 13 should be toward the drivers side correct?
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