Welcome back to our coverage of Project Power Laggin’! Follow along as we take a tired 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagon we found in Central Maine and transform it from a derelict roadside attraction to a dependable, powerful weekend workhorse that lives up to it’s given name! In this installment, we address our Dodge’s dodgy (no pun intended, we swear) steering with a modern upgrade: a steering shaft from our friends at Borgeson!
If you own a decades-old rig like Project Power Laggin’, you’ve more than likely found yourself sawing at the steering wheel to keep the thing straight going down the road at one point or another. There are a variety of reasons why this can happen, from worn tie rods to a loose steering box. But what happens when you’ve gone through all the suspension bits and you’re still having trouble keeping things straight? We found ourselves in this very situation with Project Power Laggin’. After inspecting the front end and replacing all worn components, a dead spot in the steering was still present and making things hairy at speed. That’s when we took a peek at the stock steering shaft.
Our options were to either find a good, used shaft, which is unlikely, or come up with a better solution. Enter Borgeson Universal Company, who offers just the thing to fix our problem: a new, modern-design steering shaft with a universal joint. This is the same style shaft that many modern vehicles use, and a big upgrade over the old-style steering shaft. And the best part: installation is simple and easy. Let’s get to it!
After installing the shaft, we noticed immediately that much of the steering slop we had before was now gone. Not only that, but there’s now decent steering feel and feedback from the wheel, which was something that was completely lacking from the truck with the old shaft. And most importantly, the truck is much safer to drive, knowing that the shaft will not fall apart anytime soon. This was definitely a worthwhile upgrade and super easy to do!
You can find more info on Borgeson’s line of steering components by visiting their website: https://www.borgeson.com/