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Looks like my steering coupling has seen it's last days. Plenty of banging in the steering wheel on the bad roads last week. Then when I reached home, I had a 3 inch play in my steering whee. I found piece of the rag joint on top of the chassis rail.

I've seen on Patrolapart a Toyota U joint replacement for the Nissan coupling. Is it really superior to the Nissan and if so how is it better? It seems to me that the Nissan one can absorb shocks better. Besides it has lasted, at least, as long as I've had the car (16 years).
 

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Is it better, well i have had one on my GQ ute since the mid 90's and its still fine and not worn. This one is for my son's GU Ute, it a direct bolt on.

I changed it because i just thought i wanted to try it out, at the time in the mid 90's i was driving a 80 series for work which has that yoke fitted.and i found the steering more precise.
You might find you over correct on turns until you get use to the different feel and precision you will have with the yoke.
Its personal preference but i like the steering direct and precise like a car is. If you like that feel then the yoke is a great improvement. On cape york 1990's huge corrugations i never felt it had too much feed back so i don't think you will even find corrugations worse than that so you should be fine on dirt conditions.

On highway i find it better and it just seems to drive better, just a feeling nothing else. Others who drive patrols and jump in my rig always comment how car like it is to drive but that could be partly due to my 3 link + panhard front suspension and triangulated 4 link rear end which makes the rig feel planted on the road like a German car feels..
 

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@geeyoutoo you should try one Ross, for you and your driving style X racing you will appreciate the better steering feel like the mini on rails feel.. I have meant to talk to you about it every time i drive your rig but forget to tell you when i get back.
 

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@geeyoutoo you should try one Ross, for you and your driving style X racing you will appreciate the better steering feel like the mini on rails feel.. I have meant to talk to you about it every time i drive your rig but forget to tell you when i get back.
Thanks, Have copied the part # from the pic and will head to Bursons tomorrow and see what they can do.
This could well be my next project (after my current one) :dance:

EDIT: Just went through PatrolApart cattledog and they have it if Bursons don't. $185
 

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Hmmm! I wonder if Garry can source them, will have a chat to him? Will let you guys know what price Bursons can do.
Lol, see what you have started @OldMav
 

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Hmmm! I wonder if Garry can source them, will have a chat to him? Will let you guys know what price Bursons can do.
Lol, see what you have started @OldMav
Yeah well, i have done so many different things to my rig i cannot remember them all, but this one is one of those things that you need to be prompted about to remember that made a difference that was worth while. Some of my experiments are not worth while.
 

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Yeah well, i have done so many different things to my rig i cannot remember them all, but this one is one of those things that you need to be prompted about to remember that made a difference that was worth while. Some of my experiments are not worth while.
You always share on this forum your knowledge which kinda makes all your experiments worthwhile, even if its to save us numpties from doing dumb ****e.
 

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Is it better, well i have had one on my GQ ute since the mid 90's and its still fine and not worn. This one is for my son's GU Ute, it a direct bolt on.

I changed it because i just thought i wanted to try it out, at the time in the mid 90's i was driving a 80 series for work which has that yoke fitted.and i found the steering more precise.
You might find you over correct on turns until you get use to the different feel and precision you will have with the yoke.
Its personal preference but i like the steering direct and precise like a car is. If you like that feel then the yoke is a great improvement. On cape york 1990's huge corrugations i never felt it had too much feed back so i don't think you will even find corrugations worse than that so you should be fine on dirt conditions.

On highway i find it better and it just seems to drive better, just a feeling nothing else. Others who drive patrols and jump in my rig always comment how car like it is to drive but that could be partly due to my 3 link + panhard front suspension and triangulated 4 link rear end which makes the rig feel planted on the road like a German car feels..
Thanks Old Mav. Lots of good information there. Looks like its the Toyota one for me there. Amayama seems to have a great price on them. $60 US plus shipping.
 

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Have contacted Nizzbits (Garry) to see if he can source the part, will let you know when he comes back to me.
 

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OK got a reply from Garry, he had heard of it as a replacement, had a look around and he can get them in from Japan, 2-3 weeks waiting time and around $120, I've ordered one.
 

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What's the best way to order with Nizbits/Gary? It been a while and I want to grab one of these too. While mines not stuffed yet the current coupling has seen better days.
 

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What's the best way to order with Nizbits/Gary? It been a while and I want to grab one of these too. While mines not stuffed yet the current coupling has seen better days.
email is the best, [email protected] and say you heard about it on Patrol4x4.
 

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Mine arrived today, now all I need is the time to do it. Garry has a new card also.
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I somehow doubt it will be me....
I need to wait until the rainband finishes its work so that I can put the Trol in the driveway beside the house to work on it, room is a bit tight for an aging body in the double garage and shed at the end of the side driveway is too full of crap to fit it in there Lol.
 
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