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Re: ss1 steering rack

Post by philhoward » Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:48 pm

Isuzu Piazza? Not exactly common either though!


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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:26 pm

Look at Pontiac Fiero too as some of the front suspension is based on same GM parts bin, not sure if the rack is related.
Also the PAS rack from the Isuzu Piazza turbo is chevette ish and some of nit all are PAS racks
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Post by pauluspaolo » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:47 pm

Any chance we could make this post a sticky?

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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:00 pm

pauluspaolo wrote:Any chance we could make this post a sticky?

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Seems a good idea - done! :wink:


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Post by dypcdiver » Fri May 11, 2018 12:31 pm

Thought I should add a little to this post.
I had my steering rack reconditioned by a local mechanic (here in Spain) who told me he had worked on Opel Kadett racks and knew where to source spares if needed.
I had noticed some slight play on the inner tie rod ball joints previously.
The rack came back with new gaiters and I refitted it to the car. Due to my wife's ill health the car sat in a garage for 12 years. Having decided to put the car back on the road I took it to have the tracking checked. The mechanic informed me that he could not do it because the rack had play in it. The car has done less than 50km since it had been reinstalled.

I believe that there is evidence of super glue having been used to stick the bits together.
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Post by Alan SS1 » Fri May 11, 2018 12:37 pm

dypcdiver wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 12:31 pm
I had my steering rack reconditioned .
maybe this should read re-conned?

i assume new brass / copper 'cups' locally turned ? looks and i'd assume feel much better?


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Post by dypcdiver » Fri May 11, 2018 12:43 pm

Exactly Alan, not yet fitted so cannot say as I also have a new radiator (VW Sirroco) and will need to sort the plumbing out.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Fri May 11, 2018 2:03 pm

I read that to mean they were obtained from "Simply Lotus" as per earlier links to these parts.

Either it's a trick of the photograph, or the QC is shocking, the depth of the machined dish looks totally different comparing both!


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Post by dypcdiver » Fri May 11, 2018 3:01 pm

You are correct there is a slight difference although the light makes it look worse, I did notice, but decided it would not make any difference in the reality. However out of curiosity I have just measured them and one is .006" deeper than the other.
I have just lapped them in using very fine grinding paste followed by Braso. and they really look good now, dug out my old tube of "Micormeter Blue" to make sure.
The https://www.seriouslylotus.com/suspensi ... ronze-cups was originally from your link, I contacted them to try and find out what diameter the ball they were designed for. The chap I spoke to had no idea. So I took a risk. I'm not sure but I think there might be a connection with https://lotusmarques.com/parts/news/131 ... -esprit-se The ball dia is the same.


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