02/21/10 - Steering column shim
steering wheel always seemed to sit too high up in my car.
Especially with the lower than stock seating, so I decided to
angle it down a bit. It's pretty common for people to do in the
The first step was removing the conical tamper proof bolts that hold the steering column in place. Here's what they look like:
I tried grabbing them with vice grips. No dice. I'm sure there's a tool for this, but where there's a will, there's a way:
Welded on a 3/8 bolt... came right off... By my estimates, the steering wheel sat about 1.25 inches too high. In order to move the wheel down that amount, I needed to add a 5/8 shim between the column and the car. I'm typically not a big fan of using nuts for shims, but it was what I had, and it'll be just fine:
So i didn't take a BEFORE picture, so i tried to simulate the OLD relation between the wheel and dash by moving the camera down. It looked something like this when you were sitting in the driver's seat:
And this is how it looks now:
also installed the steering colum trim while I was in there, as well as
the "plasti-dipped" console closeoff piece that I made yesterday, looks
sooooo much better in black:
And lastly, shameless self promotion, I landed my first solid backflip on my snowboard this evening... It's not amazing, but the video is here:
Keep it real guys!