Purchasing aftermarket parts can be tricky when mixing and matching manufacturers. I like “Bolt on and go” parts when the bolt on part works with everything else I have. The Flaming River EZ fit steering shaft (part # FR1857-20S) is a part that is a “bolt on” item that works. The EZ fit steering shaft fits the G-body like a glove when using the BRP Hot Rods motor mounts and headers in a G-body LS engine swap. This steering shaft is stainless steel, fully assembled, and comes with the required hardware to make this a very simple installation! It is as advertised, easy to install and only takes minutes with basic hand tools.
Steering is an extremely important part of a car. It is a core safety item as well as a primary control. It makes no sense to spend any money on power, performance, or looks if you can not safely control them. In my opinion, this is not an area to simply go to the junkyard and get a worn out part. The Flaming River EZ fit steering shaft is engineered for superior strength, superior performance, and safety. The hexagonal shaft is designed for torsional strength and it’s ability to slide against the spring tension allows for shock absorbing and a few inches of collapse for safety. The stainless steel universal joints locked into place at both ends eliminate the use of a rag joint, provide instant vector input, and give a very precise steering feel. This item should probably be on everyone’s list as a safety/performance upgrade.
When ordering the Flaming River EZ fit steering shaft, it is necessary to know what length and what end connections you will need. On the Hot Rod Regal, I am using a stock g-body, floor shift steering column and a quick ratio, saginaw style steering box. Using these stock G-body parts, a 1 inch – double “D” end is needed for the column side and a 3/4 inch – 30 spline end is needed for the steering box side .
Hopefully this installation will help illustrate how easy it is to install a high quality, performance part like the stainless steel Flaming River EZ fit steering shaft. I think it’s always a good thing to keep safety in mind when building something that will transport the most important things in one’s life (family).
Aircraft can not pull over to the side of the road when things break. If built incorrectly, or if quality and safety are not a priority, your hot rod may not be able to either.