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Post by Clueless1 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:46 pm

Hi, I’m almost at the point of reassembly and was wondering which are the best shock absorbers to use. I have Spax ready to put on the front and was just wondering if I need to put Spax on the back. There will be new springs going on too and new bushes on everything. Luckily the wheel bearings are ok, the fronts have been replaced at sometime, the number is a GW one.
Also there seems to be quite a bit of slack on one side of the steering rack, i.e. one arm is a lot sloppier than the other. Is it possible to adjust (tighten) it up?
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Post by scimjim » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:55 pm

The standard rear springs and dampers seem to survive very well on the small sports but you can fit whichever you want.

The steering rack tie rods can be removed by drifting out the locking pin and unscrewing the big nut. Inside you’ll find a spring and plastic saddle which can wear or break.


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Post by Clueless1 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:34 pm

Thanks Jim, the originals have done over 100k now so I’m going through everything while it’s apart. Can I buy replacement spring and saddle from the suppliers?


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Post by scimjim » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:51 pm

Try Mark Wilson - I doubt the traders stock them.


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Post by dypcdiver » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:13 pm

This is what I found in mine, and it now has the bronze saddles.
A local guy here in Spain had superglued the nylon saddles as a repair!

I got them from https://www.seriouslylotus.com/suspensi ... g/steering
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Post by Clueless1 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:11 am

Hi, I have emailed them and they don’t know if the cups will fit the SS1. He asked if it was using the Titan rack. Lost me there! I just might order a couple and see if they fit.
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Post by scimjim » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:24 am

Tell them it’s a chevette rack (it’s the closest thing they’ll know of).


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Post by dypcdiver » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:10 am

When they arrived I put a dab of fine grinding paste on them then put them in a drill and 2 minutes with them on the ball ends in a rotating action. Cleaned them up, added some engineers micrometer blue which gave me a good contact pattern.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:15 pm

Chevette rack has sealed non adjustable / rebuild able joints. Closest relation is TVR S series rack.

Anyway. They are proven to fit. However you may not need them if your nylon ones are not cracked. Usually a little adjustment is all that's needed.


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