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Caracad
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« on: 12 October, 2015, 04:09:50 PM »

Does a Fulvia Steering column contain a rubber isolator to allow for relative movement of subframe?
If so anyone know what it looks like?
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« Reply #1 on: 12 October, 2015, 06:43:23 PM »

S2/3 have two universal joints. I belive S1 has a reinforced rubber flexi joint.

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« Reply #2 on: 12 October, 2015, 07:31:44 PM »

Okay, thanks Sean.
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« Reply #3 on: 13 October, 2015, 08:23:28 AM »

Aren't the joints to allow the column to collapse in the event of a collision? My s1 had a fabric disc.
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« Reply #4 on: 13 October, 2015, 09:43:05 PM »

Does a Fulvia Steering column contain a rubber isolator to allow for relative movement of subframe?
If so anyone know what it looks like?

Yes this is an old photo from 1999 when my 2c was restored it's a fabric disc with metal insert where the bolts go through.

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« Reply #5 on: 16 October, 2015, 08:04:40 AM »

I did think the rubber disc was to isolate the subframe movement from body mounted steering column.
I thought on S2/3 cars the joints didn't replace the isolator but were added as the column was no longer straight to allow collapse.
This is why I thought S2/3 cars would still have an isolator.
I guess the subframe movement is minimal. I have worked on early Jaguar steering columns and the subframes move around so much there is actually a special joint in the column to accommodate the movement.
BMWs used to have a rubber disc, like the Fulvia.
Mercedes got it completely wrong and mounted the steering box on the body so there was relative movement of wheels to steering box. This is why Merc steering was always so awful.
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