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Rag Joint "cross straps"?

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Anybody know the true purpose of the cross straps shown below?
Are they just simply an glorified nut to make assembly easier or are they designed this way for another reason?
The reason I ask is, whenever I tighten them down, they distort the rag joint and they basically pull the steering shaft and the column together to the point that they almost touch each other.
I am wondering if I can just replace the straps with regular nuts and washers?


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those straps allso act as a safety link if the rag joint fails, without them, if your rag joint rips, you will have no steering
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