Flaming River’s perennial SEMA showcase always features a surprising number of new steering solutions across a multitude of automotive platforms. Hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, and late models all take safe handling shelter under an expansive umbrella that continues to grow.
This year’s booth was chock full of the usual suspects, but a few fresh faces found their place in steering wheel world as well. One highlight was the new BellaTilt roadster column with integrated Microsteer electronic assist (P/N FR40200B3PL).
While the electric powertrain craze is just now working itself into a fervor, electric power steering has been an up-and-coming technology for several years now. Benefits, of course, include assist level adjustability and the fact that there’s no pump or fluid to maintain.
The Microsteer unit’s integration into this premade column assembly just furthers ease of installation for anyone deep enough into a custom rod build that stock won’t suffice.
Another slick nickel that caught our eye was the cast housing VDOG variable angle gear (P/N FR20303). When it made its debut at SEMA 2018, all VDOG housings were billet aluminum. The cast option shaves roughly 40% off of purchase price comparatively, making it a better option for the budget-minded.
Even though automotive steering has been around for more than a century, the technology continues to transform with companies like Flaming River still hiding steering tricks up their sleeves. Be sure to keep an eye on their website for all the latest wheel-turning intelligence.