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> 911 & 914/6 Upper Steering Bearing, I found a replacement - any interest?
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post Mar 14 2013, 10:30 AM
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I have a 3.2 conversion project that's getting a 911 steering column for the key-on-the-left. Well this column we got didn't have the upper steering bearing and new replacements are $260. I was able to find something that will work for much less. Wondering if there is any interest in putting together some kits to sell.

These are not for 914/4 key on the right columns. It's a drop in replacement and should only take a few minutes to install. If there's interest I'll sell the first two at a steep discount as long as they get installed soon so I can confirm there are no installation issues or small variances from car to car.
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post Mar 14 2013, 10:50 AM
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Yes..interested.
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post Mar 14 2013, 11:23 AM
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Hey McMark,
I have a factory 6 with wheel wobble,I would like to put one in.
I have the leland west fix,on my tool box,I could do a comparison.
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post Mar 14 2013, 12:06 PM
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McMark,

Interested as well....I have a NOS upper bearing (paid $160 for it years ago) but have never installed it. My upper bearing has disintegrated and I have steering wheel wobble.
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post Mar 14 2013, 07:03 PM
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Slight hijack on this post but your pm isn't working Mark.
I am looking to do this myself but am having trouble finding the parts needed at a reasonable cost. Would it be rude of me to ask where and how much they cost for this job?
I am in Australia and finding these parts is quite difficult would it be something you are interested in sourcing and sending this way? Obviously a fee would be needed
Feel free to pm if you prefer
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post Mar 14 2013, 08:21 PM
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post Mar 15 2013, 04:15 PM
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Looks like I have my prototypers. Thanks! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/boldblue.gif)
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post Mar 15 2013, 04:40 PM
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I'm interested as well.
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post Mar 16 2013, 03:05 PM
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I'm interested in the whole conversion. Just need the column... The steering rack... The engine... Oh, heck! Might as well just buy the whole car! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Mar 16 2013, 10:51 PM
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I'm in for one.
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post Apr 7 2013, 09:24 PM
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Well, it pays to be observant. My original bearing is still in one piece and firmly attached in the steering housing. I'll need a small bearing puller to get it out to experiment with Mark's prototype. Here's a couple of pictures of the original bearing, the prototype and an OE bearing I happen to have on hand.


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post Apr 7 2013, 09:28 PM
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Mark's bearing is on the left and the OE bearing is on the right. The OE bearing has a 1mm lip circling the outer bearing face. The side view shows a slight difference is height (about 2mm) between the two bearings.Attached Image
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post Apr 7 2013, 09:32 PM
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Attached ImageAttached ImageSorry for the blur, my camera doesn't like short focal lengths. These show the existing bearing in the column with not much room to extract it and the side view showing the taper and the lip of the OE bearing.
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post Apr 7 2013, 09:39 PM
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Mark, I'm open to suggestions about how to proceed with the bearing extraction. I thought this would be a slam dunk!
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post Apr 8 2013, 01:14 AM
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Isn't there a tiny lip around the OD? You might be able to get away with Channel-Loc pliers. I didn't think it was that tight...
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post Apr 8 2013, 06:11 AM
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I would be interested in this as well

Thanks

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post Apr 8 2013, 08:41 AM
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I am the other prototyper,and I am in the same spot.My bearing is still in the upper column,I tried a screwdriver,with no success.I am going to go out and play with it after I take my kid to school
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post Apr 8 2013, 09:29 AM
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QUOTE(McMark @ Apr 8 2013, 12:14 AM) *

Isn't there a tiny lip around the OD? You might be able to get away with Channel-Loc pliers. I didn't think it was that tight...



I was thinking that as well, but the space is pretty tight. I'll give it a shot in the next day or two.
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post Apr 8 2013, 06:47 PM
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I was able to get the original out by taking a thin screwdriver,tap it straight in,working around the entire outside diameter,another wider screwdriver,until I had a space the channel locs could get a good grip on,wiggle in a couple different directions and it came out.
Working on putting the bearing in now.
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post Apr 8 2013, 08:05 PM
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