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This is about a cub 100, FYI. Obviously you guys know about the upgrade *kit and I've seen it mentioned several times here in the forums. I looked into it to see what it is all about, seems like a simple kit. I was curious what is its advantage? What does it do? I've never had to dive into the steering assemble yet to know enough of what's going on in there and the kit seems so simple. I appreciate any input.*
 

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All it does is reduce friction by swapping a washer out for a thrust bearing. Very simple upgrade, and well worth it from what I've heard. If you rebuild the steering box at the same time, it gets even better.

Here's a video of how to install, I think you'll get a good idea for what it entails:

Ross Steering Kit Upgrade
 

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Next summer I think I'm going to have to do something with the steering because I'm getting a lot of slack. So I'll probably do the upgrade while I'm messin with the steering column. Thanks.
 

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There's two easy adjustments to make first, but most likely, yah...you'll probably need a rebuild. Hardest part of the rebuild is pulling the steering wheel! Have fun!
 

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:fing32: Thanks for the link! Merk made a re-build in his thread : Uncle Dick's 70 Project.:fing32:
 

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Watching the youtube vid, the washer isn't supposed to be swapped out. The original washer is cleaned and put back in place, then the bearing and then another washer on top of that (also provided in the kit). Then the jam nuts are discarded in favor of the provided nylock nut. This is what allows the extra room for the bearing and 2nd washer.
 

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^ Yeah, I mis-spoke ^ thanks for correcting me :)

I just meant the load goes on a bearing instead of a washer, that's what provides the assist.
 

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I'm not a corrector guy, I just needed to type it out to keep it straight in my little head!

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You read my mind. I'm never against against free enterprise and the kit is a clever idea, however, a nylock, washer and bearing could be had for around $5. Some folks will still be happy to pay the $18 and not mess with all the research, and that is just fine.
 

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It's the same for the steering spindle washer upgrades. If you do the research, you can save 75% - but when the total cost is under 20 bucks to begin with, why not support our brethren? :)

And SaturnV - feel free to correct me whenever ya like. I don't take that stuff personally - we all make mistakes, it's how we learn :) I know you're not a 'corrector' (they ARE out there).
 

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Agreed regarding the Brethren Justin. :)
 

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I've been trying to track down a thrust bearing that will work. Went to a local Grainger, Motion Industries and all the regular hardware stores and I've had no luck finding the bearing in stock.

I've had my steering apart for a week and didn't want to wait any longer. Reinstalled my refreshed steering box and oh my, what a difference. I had soooo much slop it wasn't funny. I removed the flat spots on the pin by putting it in my drill and slowly removing material with my knife sharpening stones.

I wish I had just ordered the upgrade from an online source since I wasted so much time looking for it locally. I can always add it later.
 
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