HOW TO DO AN ADVANCED SEARCH.

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For the benefit of 944Hybrids users there are two search functions available for you to use.
The purpose of this sticky is to explain the "Advanced Search" function because it is much more powerful and is the best choice when researching information.

When you log on to the site a list of options is shown in a line at the top of the page. One option is labelled "Search", use this option (NOT the search box lower down on the right).

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Post  aixgelo78 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:54 pm

So, I figure Id get alot done today, and continue working on the steering rack. Well, I got the rack mounted, when I started to install the steering shaft, this is what I found.....

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Im assuming that I need to extend this?
I converted from power to manual. I am using the manual shaft, which is longer than the power one.
Ive tried to search, but found no info, I dont even remember reading a thread about having to extend the shaft.
Is it just my luck I got a wrong shaft?
i am using 1/2" drop down spacers.....

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Post  Admin on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:00 pm

Yep, it needs to be extended about 1/2".

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Post  944-LT1 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:00 pm

I have a manual shaft here. Measure the shaft alone (not the U-joints) and Ill go measure mine.

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Post  Arthropraxis on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:02 pm

I just measured my intermediate steering shafts. The power shaft is 15.25 ish and the manual shaft is 16.25 ish. See how long the one you have is. That is with the U joints.
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Post  944-LT1 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:06 pm

Okay, mine is 9-1/4" long.

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Post  944-LT1 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:07 pm

I couldnt measure mine with the U-joints cause its already installed.

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Post  aixgelo78 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:14 pm

You guys are great.....!!! I just measured mine and its about 9 3/8"....So i know I have the right shaft

Do I extend it 1/2" or is it actually more due to the geometry?
If I remove the spacers, how much modification do I have to do to my hood? Im trying to avoid a hood scoop.....

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Post  Arthropraxis on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:22 pm

I know others have used a manual rack with spacers and they didn't lengthen the intermediate shaft. Why won't this fit?
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Post  aixgelo78 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:29 pm

I know others have used a manual rack with spacers and they didn't lengthen the intermediate shaft. Why won't this fit?

Thats what Im trying to figure out.....I try to search prior to working on a section of the car, Ive read nothing that stated anything about extending the intermediate shaft. So when I bolted it up, it caught me by surprise. Does anybody modify their intermediate shaft when they use spacers for power steering?

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Post  xschop on Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:52 pm

Check my gallery, I used 1.25" spacers and did surgery on the steering shaft.
On my next swap I'm building a telescoping shaft. I have the exact spline dims for our cars and found quality u-joints that are more compact than the factory ones. What strange is our steering shafts are clocked WRONG from the factory.
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Post  bluehellfire666 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:27 pm

make sure that you didn't push the u joint too far onto the upper threaded shaft that comes out of the firewall...just an idea but if you pushed it in too far it could change the geometries enough to make it look like you need to lengthen the intermediate shaft. Also, double check all of your mounting stuff to make sure everything is straight and true and you didn't miss a bolt or something like that
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Post  xschop on Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:18 pm

Checked my 8g Flash drive....
944 steering rack and column spline pattern is NOT metric...spindle maker probably did them LOL
Anyways 11/16" x 40 spline
I found this part # and you can get a telescoping DD shaft and bolt it all right up. IIRC, even a 1/2"
X-member drop is cutting so close to being able to get the U-joint thru-bolts to fit on the top coloumn and rack indentions......
Tele shaft....It's on my list...
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Post  Arthropraxis on Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:57 pm

Good find.
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Post  xschop on Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:11 pm

Trying to get some Guru points LOL.
So are you guys saying the 15.5 and 16.5 dims are end-to-end on the factory 944 steering shafts including the square U-joints? I never measured mine at that time-point, just busted out the hack saw then machined that 1.25" lock spacer. Then Nuke-Proofed it with a welder.
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Post  Arthropraxis on Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:21 pm

Yes, end to end with the square U-joints. Not a super accurate measurement hence the -ish, but close enough to see the manual shaft is 1" longer.
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Post  944-LT1 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:35 pm

Guru point awarded.

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Post  xschop on Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:34 pm

Dude I was joking, could care less. Are the Guru points good towards the purchase of our favorite beverage? Kinda like frequent flier miles Razz
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Post  944-LT1 on Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:24 am

Are the Guru points good towards the purchase of our favorite beverage? Kinda like frequent flier miles
Yes, actually they are! As soon as you meet another member here.....youre entitled to as many of those beverages as guru points earned Laughing


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Post  xschop on Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:02 am

In that case I'll take two more for the road drunken
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Post  aixgelo78 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:00 pm

Thanks for the tip guys.... will be extending the shaft...Ill report back my findings

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Post  xschop on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:02 pm

when you chop the shaft don't forget to take into account the hacksaw or chopsaw blade width. Very Happy
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Post  Arthropraxis on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:38 pm

Still, why now is this the first time it has come up?
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Post  xschop on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:43 pm

It is strange that in his pic looks to be 1" off and not 1/2"?
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Post  944-LT1 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:45 pm

Still, why now is this the first time it has come up?

Because usually, when you drop the steering rack 1/2", the U-joints on the shaft will take up the distance change in their angle (less severe at bottom U-joint, more sever at top U-joint).

It is strange that in his pic looks to be 1" off and not 1/2"?

Probably just the angle he's holding the shaft.

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Post  Arthropraxis on Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:24 am

So, maybe the Ujoint is just tight or binding at the firewall? I had one the was tight that I thought had a full range of motion. After spryaying some lube on it the motion was much greater.
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