I'm NOT making a rag joint out of a hockey puck. I'd rather not stack up VW parts either. I'd expect that even the $200 NOS ones have been sitting so long that they rubber would crack and crumble almost immediately too. Does anyone have a non-jury rig solution to this mystery? I never would have predicted this would be a tough one! I cannot find a by-application rag joint or repair kit other than NOS. I cannot and would not use the solid aluminum one offered by Bouchillon, as my steering shaft has to flex a little at that joint as it makes a slight bend there.