Given that we track test GT-R’s almost on a weekly basis, we tend to uncover weaknesses across all areas of the GT-R. When we first started noticing steering column mounting issues, we thought it was just a fluke of some sort and went about our business. But over the past several months, we’ve seen nearly a dozen GT-R’s succumb to the steering column mounting failure. Obviously, this is a very dangerous and unsettling situation, primarily occurring on cars that are tracked regularly due to the sawing, pushing and pulling forces that most drivers will place on the wheel. When I personally experienced this on my 2013 GT-R with only 5000 miles on the odometer, we knew that something had to be done.
The OEM steering column assembly is mounted using some very weak pressed metal body clips. Even when they are very tight, they have a tendency to work their way off the mount, causing the steering wheel and cluster to fall about 3 inches downward into the drivers lap. Those of you that have experienced this know exactly what I am talking about.
So we set out to design a unique mounting reinforcement block that solves this issue once and for all. They are CNC machined from billet aluminum and include Norloc nuts and washer for a lifetime fit. They are notched for unparalleled safety and security making it impossible for the column to walk off the mount. Maintaining full tilt and telescoping operation, we designed these pieces so they require absolutely no cutting or modification whatsoever with installation taking approximately one hour. Any GT-R that plans to see track time should consider this a mandatory safety upgrade.
Because these pieces are located under the steering column, it isn’t possible to photograph the right side bracket but these photos should give you an idea of where they are mounted.