If you’re a sucker for detail and expect nothing but the best, then remember the brand that’s established themselves as the best in the game: ididit. Since 1986, ididit has become the staple steering column of choice for custom rodding, classic cars, and lowrider enthusiasts who want the best aftermarket upgrades.
They’ve got everything you need for custom replacements and in this issue we’ll be covering the Universal Tilt Series, which are sold by length. Aside from their standard lineup of columns, ididit can create custom applications for your project and they are 100 percent American made; no China products here, buddy.
To be honest, all one needs to do is see an ididit column and you’ll be able to understand why they’ve created such an impact on the market. The finish is perfect, the function stupendous, and the installation is so easy that when your friends asked who installed it, you can reply, “I did it.”
For proper installation, be sure that the steering column is installed in sync with the rest of the steering system. To do this, be sure to follow the quick-and-simple instructions below as turn signal cancellation, wheel position, and smooth steering operation depends on it.
*Below are the basic fundamentals of the steering column install. If you are in need of information for nine-bolt steering wheel installations, or installing the shift knob or other issues, visit their comprehensive tech section on their website.
1. The front wheels of your vehicle must be pointing straight forward with the steering toe set reasonably close.
2. Rotate the input shaft of the gearbox or rack from lock to lock and set the box exactly halfway between. For example, if the shaft rotates three full turns from lock to lock. The center will be at 1 1/2 turns from either locked position.
3. Install the steering arm and draglink and adjust tie-rod ends to get the draglink to fit without moving either the box/rack or the front wheels. Rotating each tie-rod end the same number of turns will preserve adjustment.
4. With the column mounted in position, two joints are used on a shaft, the forks of the yokes closest to each other should be in line or “in phase.” Premature wear or binding can result if the U-joints are not phased properly. Sometimes if the U-joints are at a severe angle, even if they are phased correctly, a hard spot in the steering may occur for no apparent reason. If this happens, index the U-joints two or three splines in one direction. The hard spot should disappear or be minimized.
5. Install the shaft or joint on the gear box/rack. Leave the upper part of the shaft unconnected for the time being.
6. Position the column housing so that the signal switch arm is level to the lefthand side.
7. Install the column through the firewall, into your joint.
8. To properly synchronize your column, the horn wire hole needs to be in the 10:30 position.
From tilt to telescopic, they have plenty of options and they also do every type of make and model. Even if you have a car that’s dated and rare, all you have to do is send them your original and they’ll make a custom unit for ya!