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Old 08-09-2019, 10:19 AM
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Default Steering column weight

I am in the process of fitting a quick disconnect for my steering wheel. While at it I weighted the components of the steering column .
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As I need to shorten it, I will try to make it lighter too .

I may have to move/replace the ignition switch and turn indicator to the center console, race car hey! Do you remember ! As the weight gain can be substantial !!

Here is some weight in Lbs:
Steering shaft 4.376 Ignition key alloy casing 2.367 Steering wheel hub 1.543 Inner tube 3.086 Outer tube ( black ) 5.621 Steel cowl 0.903

Any one of you have done weight saving on the Steer/column ?
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:04 AM
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This looks identical to the sweet. Don’t see a weight, but must be light and strong.

The bracket from the factory is heavy. I think 69427 found a weight saving by replacing it.

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Old 08-11-2019, 01:07 AM
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I am a bit in limbo here. Talked to the Eligibility/Scrutineer Officer for my racing group: the column should stay as per factory fitted.
But nothing said about about mods , another gray area !!
Anyway.. Food for thoughts !
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:08 PM
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Yeah the cast iron bracket is heavy. I think 69427 found a cast alum one, but I could be wrong. Later seats are lighter too, again detailed in his thread.
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I am a bit in limbo here. Talked to the Eligibility/Scrutineer Officer for my racing group: the column should stay as per factory fitted.
But nothing said about about mods , another gray area !!
Anyway.. Food for thoughts !
A 68 column would be lighter, but you would have to move the key. Also a lot of steel inside the column. Maybe replace with aluminum and still look stock?
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Is that a Swiss-made 80-82 column support?
Looks like the removed areas were well thought out


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Yeah the cast iron bracket is heavy. I think 69427 found a cast alum one, but I could be wrong. Later seats are lighter too, again detailed in his thread.
68-79 were cast iron, Thierry has modified the 80-82 stamped steel (lighter) versions
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Yeah the cast iron bracket is heavy. I think 69427 found a cast alum one, but I could be wrong. Later seats are lighter too, again detailed in his thread.
I'm using the later stamped steel column support. I need to find an old post with the weight of that setup to see if it makes sense to spend time on an aluminum replacement.

OZ, do you have a weight for your lightened bracket?
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:50 AM
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Yes , I was thinking to make it a la 68 ! Move everything to the center console and gut the inside and use some plastic cowling to hide it.

The weight of the brackets are : the big one 2.42 lbs the small 1.5 lbs
They were 3.30 lbs and 2.16 ish lbs .

Matter of fact, the steel tubes are quite ok ! But the alloy stuff is heavy as !!
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