Home THE TRIALS CAR Steering by Grant Campbell

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The Steering on a trails car is pretty important. It needs to have lots of lock, be light and be easy to manage. Like a road car, if it is easy to use, it makes it so much easier to get a result. One of the first steps in planning a trials car is to have lots of 'pretend' sits in it, so as to best establish the position of the steering wheel, closely followed by the position & mounting of the steering box. In establishing the position of the components it is also very important to avoid too may joints. Wear will soon make life difficult.

Very early model VW steering box (circa 1956) mounted via the top bolts.These are really good little steering boxes because of their size, but they are probably too hard to find now. I've built several other cars using the later model box, which is similar in size but needs a bit more shaping at the top.