New gear box gives customizers steering system options

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The VDOG 90-Degree Gear Box will give customizers a slew of new options. | Flaming River Industries photos
The VDOG 90-Degree Gear Box will give customizers a slew of new options. | Flaming River Industries photos

As the popularity of custom cars and trucks grows, builders are getting more and more creative. There’s a workaround for nearly every part of a car, but the steering system is something that tends to be a headache.

Enter Flaming River’s VDOG 90-Degree Gear Box.

In the company’s words: “VDOG features a 35-degree variable angle, articulating ball output shaft, allowing for maximum adjustment of the steering angle to the steering gear and ¾” diameter, 36 spline input and output shafts for universal joint or coupler connection. The VDOG boasts a gear driven design with no chains or sprockets for instant steering response. VDOG can be mounted at multiple vertical and inverted positions in engine bays or behind dash boards or firewalls.”

In simple English: This product gives builders more options when customizing a car, especially those with tight firewall clearance.

The product was so well received at the annual SEMA Show, where it was introduced, that it won awards for the Best New Street Rod product and Best New Engineered Product.

The gear box is available for purchase online. It has an MSRP of $695.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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