STAGE 026

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“With the front suspension built, you’ll now connect the wheel hubs using the steering rod. You’ll also connect the steering column and mount the anti-roll bar.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Steering RodSteering Column, Steering Link, and Steering Gear are all metal – the other parts are plastic.

Build


Fitting the Steering Rod

Step 1

Fit the ball end of the Steering Link between the tabs at one end of the Steering Column and align the holes in both parts:

Step 2

Press a Pin through the holes of the Link and the Column, joining the parts together.

These Pins should always be installed smooth end first:

It is very likely that you will need some sort of metal tool to press the Pin through – in my case, I used a pair of duck bill pliers:

Step 3

Similarly, fit the ball end of the Steering Gear between the tabs at the other end of the Steering Column and align the holes in both parts:

Step 4

As before, press a Pin through the holes of this Gear and the Column, joining the parts together:

Step 5

Retrieve your Chassis assembly from the previous stage. Fit the cog of the Steering Gear in this matching recess of the Chassis Front, orienting it as shown:

Step 6

To properly align this Steering Column assembly, rotate it until the flat surface of the Steering Link is pointing up, as shown.

We want this Link to remain aligned in this position until we finish adding the remaining steering system components:

Step 7

Slide the Steering Rod through the Chassis Front, as shown:

It should ultimately be positioned evenly between the two Wheel Hubs, as shown:

Step 8

With both Wheel Hubs pointing straight ahead, rotate the Steering Rod until the end posts are pointing down, as shown:

Doing this will align the teeth of the Steering Rod with the teeth of the Steering Gear, highlighted here. Remember, the flat surface of the Steering Link should still be facing up during this step:

Step 9

Fit the posts on each end of the Steering Rod down through the matching eyelet at the front of each Wheel Hub, as shown:

Step 10

Secure the Steering Rod on one side to the respective Wheel Hub with one (1) DS24 screw.

When the screws are fully tightened, these posts will still be able to move by design –  they need space to allow the steering to work correctly. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Step 11

In the same way, secure the Steering Rod on the opposite side to the Wheel Hub with one (1) more DS24 screw.

Once these DS24 screws are installed, the teeth of the Steering Gear and Steering Rod should be fully engaged. The steering can be operated now:

Step 12

Before we install the Anti-Roll Bar, note the eyelets at each end have a flat surface on one side – these flat surfaces should face up:

Step 12

Slide the Anti-Roll Bar through the Chassis Front, using the same openings as the Steering Rod:

Step 13

The eyelets of this Bar should come to rest near the Anti-Roll Bar Connection posts of each Lower Control Arm, as shown:

Step 14

Carefully turn your Chassis assembly over and fit the center section of the Anti-Roll Bar into these matching recesses:

Step 15

Cover the Anti-Roll Bar with the two Anti-Roll Bar Brackets as shown. Then, align the holes and secure the Brackets to the Chassis Front with four (4) DS20 screws – two for each Bracket:

Step 16

Carefully turn your Chassis assembly right side up again. Then, fit the eyelet at one end of the Anti-Roll Bar onto the nearby Anti-Roll Bar Connection and secure these parts together with one (1) PS14 screw:

Step 17

Likewise, fit and secure the other end of the Anti-Roll Bar to the matching Anti-Roll Bar Connection with one (1) more PS14 screw:

Step 18

Press the pin of the Right Steering Rod Holder into the matching hole at this location of the Chassis Front, orienting it as shown:

Note how the large U-shaped opening of this Holder wraps around the Steering Rod to help keep it in place:

Step 19

Secure this Rod Holder to the Chassis Front at the top with one (1) DS03 screw:

Step 20

In the same way, press the pin of the Left Steering Rod Holder into the matching hole at this location of the Chassis Front:

Secure this Rod Holder to the Chassis Front at the top with one (1) more DS03 screw:

Thoughts


I am very impressed by how well this steering system works. It is very smooth and precise with little to no play in the mechanism!

Next Up


 Stage 027VB – Outer/Inner Spokes, Inner/Outer Wheel Rims, Inner/Outer Rings, Wheel Hub Front/Back, Spoke Retainer Ring

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