Steering Effort Improvements
I wasn't sure which area to put this, so I decided to stick it here.
Some people that I have spoken to have experienced issues with the steering being difficult to turn. My recent cage re-do and remounting of my steering column/mount, amplified the issue.
I finished my cage work in late December, which included remounting my steering and changing the geometry of the linkage just slightly. After a race in January of about 80 miles, my forearms were INCREADIBLY sore. I had not noticed this in my previous 4 races, some of which were nearly twice as long! And I noticed, in this last race, that my steering was seemingly "sticking" while turning or trying to return to center.
When I got home I started messing with it and quickly came to the conclusion that the steering ujoints were binding due to my having added just a bit more angle to the system. So this past weekend, I decided enough was enough, and I reworked the steering setup/geometry. What I did was to cut the mounts, push the shafts more towards the driver, which in turn brought all of the angles down quite a bit. The main shaft that clears the gas tank is just barely off of the angled tank surface. It is as low as I can get it. In turn, though, this pushed the steering wheel very close to my body. So I cut the main shaft and pushed the steering wheel back to the original location.
Test trying it in my garage showed I could smoothly turn stop to stop, unlike ever before. And after my trip out today testing my shocks, I can say that the steering works like BUTTER! I am better than stock. (The rig still pushes, of course, though. I didn't change the overall suspension geometry. Just the steering linkage from steering wheel to the rack.)
So my finding is that the steering geometry is a bit steep and can use a readjustment to bring it down. This will decrease the effort needed to turn the wheel and make for those longer trips even more effortless.
Just letting everyone know. I would post pics, but there really isn't much to show. It looks the same as stock, but the main shaft is just barely off of the tank.