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    Nice! Will give this a go!
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    I'll give this a go too- cracking idea and saves so much hassle.
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    ya legend, gona do this tomorrow

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    Did you do anything to stop the bolt chaffing the wiring?

    Nice work BTW

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    No need, as neither the bolt or the wiring moves at all. Obviously you could though if you were concerned about it.

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    Tried and tested ;)

    So, my C failed its MOT due to excess play in the steering column (up & down), but CazzaVR pointed me at this topic so I got down to B&Q and bought some M6 x 100 bolts, M6 nuts and a coupla different size washers, and tried it out...


    Here's the steering column underside with cowling and steering wheel removed, you can see the tensioning spring to the lower left:
    IMAG0358.jpg

    Side on it looks like this:
    IMAG0357.jpg

    And here's how I took it out with a couple of pairs of molegrips (not sure how much compression it was under)!
    IMAG0359.jpg

    So now you can see the 'dome' that the far end of the spring sat on - this needs drilling to get your bolt through:
    IMAG0363.jpg

    To get a good start, I holepunched the middle of the dome, which also shows the path of the drillbit later:
    IMAG0364.jpg

    But that was a bit too close to the wiring, so I disconnected it and pulled it under the column and to the right (and also removed the column adjustment lever and the top cowling):
    IMAG0365.jpgIMAG0368.jpg

    When I first tried to drill the 6mm hole in the dome, I realised that the black plastic of the stalk switch housing would foul, so I moved them out of the way too:
    IMAG0369.jpg

    The hole was pretty tricky to drill and it made a LOT of swarf, so make sure you cover ALL of the switches and connectors, and either lay down some rags or be ready to bin your drivers mat afterwards! Having drilled the hole I cleaned up the edges with a Dremel and set the column at the right angle for me, as it will effectively be permanently set unless I want to undo all the nuts etc. to adjust the angle at a later date (unlikely!)

    I went for double nuts on both sides of both the pieces of metal that the bolt goes through, so that none of the nuts would slip (they are modestly tightened against their neighbours) and that the bolt would brace the column both up (in tension) and down (in compression). Yeah, it is belt and braces, but don't want to have to adjust it again, just set and forget:
    IMAG0370.jpg

    In this pic you can see the two larger (repair) washers at the front (right of pic) where the large hole is, and two regular M6 washers at the rear (left of pic) where there's a neat-ish 6mm hole, and double nuts to brace the bolt properly and prevent each other from loosening:
    IMAG0371.jpg

    I trimmed the last 15-20mm from the bolt (after I took these pics) so that I could get the lower cowling back on properly, so an M6 x 80mm bolt would be ideal.

    Parts:
    1 off M6 x 80mm bolt ideally
    2 off 6-32mm repair washers
    2 off M6 washer
    6 off M6 nut

    Labour:
    About 2 hours start to finish, with a bit of faff as I worked out where the steering wheel should be so that it was level when driving in a straight line!

    Result:
    WAY better, really solid, only slight up/down movement is due to the column moving the mounting point on the chassis!

    Hopefully that'll be an MOT pass now... Thanks for the idea somersetdub!
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    Nice write up!
    Glad the idea has been of use to someone else, I couldn't believe the difference it made when I first tried it.
    I like the idea of having nuts in between to fix it further still, I shall probably revisit mine sometime as I did it using a few bits I had lying around rather than shopping for specific sized bolts etc.
    With your step by step guide, this little mod is made even easier to carry out!

    Cheers :-)
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    I'll probably start selling these kits with an endorsement for only £50

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    It passed the MOT retest (unsurprisingly, as that bolt could probably hold the entire weight of ther car) so I'm happy

    Thanks again to somersetdub and CazzaVR
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    Did this today. Worked really well.
    Just for a tip, drill the hole from the back, all you have to do is remove the dashboard undertray and you have easy access to drill the 6mm hole.

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