When you begin to notice sloppy steering on your 1963-1976 Corvette, the relay rod is often overlooked as a possible culprit. However, it can be one of the leading causes of an ill-feeling steering wheel.
Because it’s located near the front tire, the relay rod gets lots of abuse and gets hit by a lot of road debris. You can overhaul your relay rod with a new 1963-1976 Corvette Steering Relay Rod Rebuild Kit from Zip, which includes everything needed for a complete refurbishing.
The most difficult part of this rebuild is actually removing the relay rod from your Corvette. It is possible to rebuild the relay rod still in the vehicle, if you prefer not to remove it. This project will only take about an hour, assuming the relay rod is already removed from your Corvette. In addition to your rebuild kit, you will need a 5/16-inch socket and wrench, a large flat-bladed screwdriver and some MAPP gas, available from any hardware store. Not everyone will need to heat the relay rod, so try yours first before buying the MAPP gas. You’ll also need some heavy-duty bearing grease.
Follow along with our technical article 1963-1967 Corvette Steering Relay Rod Rebuild as we rebuild our project Corvette’s relay rod, which was almost completely worn out. You’ll find step-by step instructions and photos that will help you get the job done right.
Note: You may also want to consider a steering box rebuild in addition to the relay rod. It’s best to do both of these at the same time; that way you only have to pay for one front end alignment. Don’t worry – we can walk you through that project as well with our technical article 1963-1982 Corvette Steering Box Rebuild. This is also a good time to replace the idler arm assembly. Tackle all 3 of these projects and your Corvette’s steering system is almost entirely rebuilt!
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