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Ok look at the images I attached of a 2005-2009 S197 Steering Column I pulled from an eBay listing, correct me if I’m wrong but after you have a chance to look at those pictures carefully… Doesn’t it look like the mount for that column is only held to the rest of the moving parts of the column by that rusted plate that sits right above the mounting plate, also if you look carefully at the Side of the mounting plate and housing that contains all the moving parts, it looks like the mounting plate and column could slide forward and back against each other and the factory positioning is in a completely collapsed configuration which looks like there is a little bit of room to telescope The case forward from the mounting plate if that rusted plate that joins them or locks them together could be replaced with a equally rigid type of metal but with the 4 screw holes for the torx screws set an inch or inch.5 further back.

Btw I’m not loosing scope of other possible modifications might be necessary like the column to steering rack linkage needing to be lengthened and maybe some factory wiring under the dash being stretched to their limits... but don’t anyone dare say something ridiculous, I’m talking about “the dangers of moving the airbag closer to you than the engineers had intended”
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Yes thats correct. Are you trying to extend the column towards you? That rusted plate knurls in to collapse in the event of a crash (I have a photo of mine crunched up). Once that rusted plate is removed it does slide in and out. There is a limitation to how far BACK it can go however.
 
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