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BigChill Avatar
BigChill Silver Member Big Chill
Norwood, MA, USA   USA
Hello again,

I will be detaching my steering rack and replacing the bushes on its mounts. I know there is a tool to correctly spread the mounts, but I believe that there is some trick one can do to spread the mounts without using the tool.

Can someone share how to do this with me, please?

Thanks in advance,



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Reddragon Dale M
Chesapeake, VA, USA   USA
1963 Triumph TR4 "Road Runner"
1974 Triumph TR6 "Tweety"
Big Chill

i hope that I am understanding your question correctly. You want advise on re-installing the mounts

You need an assistant to help you to accomplish this task.

With the mounts loose, and the assistant turning the wheel to full lock with pressure on, the rack mount can be tighten on the side that the rack is under pressure against the stops. Once tighten turn the wheel in the opposite direction in the same manner and tighten that rack mount. check a couple of times to make sure that the rack is not moving in the mounts.

Red

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dsixnero Dan Colanero
Westville, NJ, USA   USA
I use a vice grip clamp, it grabs both sides at once, then tighten the nuts.

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BigChill Silver Member Big Chill
Norwood, MA, USA   USA
Red, what you are describing is the 'trick' I remembering. Just to be clear, if the helper turns the wheel to the right, do I tighten the right or the left mount???

Dan, where are you clamping???

Thanks as usual.



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dsixnero Dan Colanero
Westville, NJ, USA   USA
I'm clamping the rubber mounts where the U-bolts go tight to the flange on the rack before tightening the U-bolts. The dealers had a special tool for this. I think you see welders using this type vice grip clamp.

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Reddragon Dale M
Chesapeake, VA, USA   USA
1963 Triumph TR4 "Road Runner"
1974 Triumph TR6 "Tweety"
Big Chill

If turning to the right you would be tightening the the left, or opposite side, as the turning force would be pushing the rack away from the direction of the turn.

To test it out, place your hand on the rack as the assistant is turning the wheel.

Red

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rjc157 ralph c
pearl river, NY, USA   USA
If your going through the effort of replacing the mounts why not just go with GP aluminum bushings steering on mine is rock solid now

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BigChill Silver Member Big Chill
Norwood, MA, USA   USA
Red,

Thanks for the clarification. That is what I thought, but wanted to be sure.

Dan,

Thanks for your clarification as well. I can see how that would work.

Ralph,

I worry about vibration being passed back through the steering wheel with solid mounts. Due to our winters, some roads are a bit rough.

Thanks as usual for all the advice.

Be well everybody.



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