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Old August 20th, 2011, 05:29 AM   #26
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I know this is an OLD thread, but I'm going to be getting one of these late next month, want me to continue the thread for the sake of the tech bin?
I'd like to see something like this for the framehead brace.. one of these days I will take mine off my garage wall and actually install it in my car, it'd be nice to have a visual walkthrough and list of nuts/bults/washers needed..
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Old September 7th, 2011, 12:26 PM   #27
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WOW! Guys it has been a hard year and a half, Let's just say school sucks! I will continue this thread ASAP. In the year that has passed I have aquired a MIG welder and plan on finishing up this thread for the tech bin. I have all parts necessary to finish the steering setup. I am going with center steer and have the components sitting in my garage. I will kick my ass into gear and get choppin'!

I also got an adjustable front beam and new tie rod's, anyone know where I can have my spindles reamed for international tie rod ends, in utah? Doug?
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Old September 7th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #28
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I'd like to see something like this for the framehead brace.. one of these days I will take mine off my garage wall and actually install it in my car, it'd be nice to have a visual walkthrough and list of nuts/bults/washers needed..
Soon enough, Planning out the bracing right now. I think I am going to do a version that bolts together and can be welded if looking for a cleaner install.
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Old July 8th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #29
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Do you have to get longer brake lines, or just cut the tabs off and tack them back in a different position? I am going to install my Dbug 10" extender this week as long as the weather holds out..
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Old July 8th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #30
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Do you have to get longer brake lines, or just cut the tabs off and tack them back in a different position? I am going to install my Dbug 10" extender this week as long as the weather holds out..
IIRC Rob used rear brake lines for mine, they're a little longer..
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Old July 8th, 2012, 08:16 PM   #31
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Old July 9th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #32
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 08:13 AM   #34
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One thing I noticed here....(Unless I totally missed it)..
It appears this particular install used the original beam bolt thread inserts in the frame, with original style bolts....?

I didnt feel comfotable with that approach during my install.

I found that when I installed one of Dougs 8 inch extenders (nice part BTW), and using the crappy VW threads inserts, the stock bolts threads were not holding much. I then tried longer beam bolts. It was still not secure enough for me.
I drilled out the frame head holes to accept 1/2 Grade 8 bolts. I then used nuts/washers to be placed on the back of the frame head. I also used long enough bolts to slide my own frame brace head into position and secure later when I added it.

Just curious
What's the consensus?
What are most VR builders using?
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I did the same....... drilled out the threads and used grade 8 nuts, bolts and washers.
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I installed dbug41 "Doug's 8in extender" and also drilled out threads. Have thank him again he responded fast to any questions i had and his craftsmanship shows in his work. Thanks again Doug

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Old February 16th, 2019, 11:28 AM   #37
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I know this is an old post and this may be a silly questions. If I go with Center Steering with my extender, what do I do about the steering stabilizer? I can't find any info about this.
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Old February 17th, 2019, 11:40 AM   #38
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I know this is an old post and this may be a silly questions. If I go with Center Steering with my extender, what do I do about the steering stabilizer? I can't find any info about this.
Don't remember this coming up anywhere in the past. You might try doing a search on thesamba.com in case anyone there had the same issue ?
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Old February 18th, 2019, 04:32 PM   #39
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I'm guessing that your going with rack & pinion steering. If so, you shouldn't need one.
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 05:12 PM   #40
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I wasn't going to do rack & pinion but just move the stock steering box to the center and make new tie rods. I really don't want to notch my hood. I searched Samba and couldn't find anything. I've seen pictures with the steering box in the center on lp front ends but none with a stabilizer.
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 09:30 PM   #41
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If you're making new tie rods, you should be able to move the dampener so one end mounts to a bracket on one of the torsion bar housings and the other to a tie rod. I saw something like this on an off-road race buggy with a single seat in the center and center mounted steering box back in the mid-70's.
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Old March 3rd, 2019, 08:00 AM   #42
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If you move the box back on a new mount then you may not have to cut the hood. Less work.
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