Lotus Elan

Steering rack bush

PostPost by: "Sean Murray" » Wed Oct 20, 2004 2:29 pm

Andrew,

I've done this. The steering rack bush is split along one side, and can be removed by gentle use of a nail or small chisel to curl it in and then pull out with a needle nosed pliers.

The new bush can be tapped in easily.

There is only one bush, 1 1/2" long, 23.5mm OD, 20.65 ID. The bush is steel with a perforated copper type inlay.

I failed to source a bush in the UK, and got it from Moss Motors California, USA.
$14.95 each. Get two or more and save on shipping !

Triumph Spitfire rack assembly and part nos can be seen at:

http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProd ... exID=33018

Some time ago I fitted a "reconditioned" steering rack supplied by a well known UK Lotus parts supplier. When I took it for an Engineer's Report, everything was OK except for the bush. When I got the new bush and dismantled the rack, it was plain to see that the bush in the "recon" unit was badly worn but had been "bodgered" by peening the outer end with a hammer and screw driver to stop it rattling around. So always check what you're getting, or do it yourself to be sure !

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PostPost by: LotusRod » Wed Oct 20, 2004 3:32 pm

Hello,
How many do you need for one rack?
Cheers
Rod McIntyre
On 20-Oct-04, at 10:27 AM, Sean Murray wrote:


Andrew,

I've done this. The steering rack bush is split along one side, and
can be removed by gentle use of a nail or small chisel to curl it in
and then pull out with a needle nosed pliers.

The new bush can be tapped in easily.

There is only one bush, 1 1/2" long, 23.5mm OD, 20.65 ID. The bush
is steel with a perforated copper type inlay.

I failed to source a bush in the UK, and got it from Moss Motors
California, USA.
$14.95 each. Get two or more and save on shipping !

Triumph Spitfire rack assembly and part nos can be seen at:

http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProd ... exID=33018

Some time ago I fitted a "reconditioned" steering rack supplied by a
well known UK Lotus parts supplier. When I took it for an Engineer's
Report, everything was OK except for the bush. When I got the new
bush and dismantled the rack, it was plain to see that the bush in
the "recon" unit was badly worn but had been "bodgered" by peening the
outer end with a hammer and screw driver to stop it rattling around.
So always check what you're getting, or do it yourself to be sure !

Sean Murray













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PostPost by: M100 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:16 pm

On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:27:26 +0100, "Sean Murray" <***@***.***>
wrote:

Some time ago I fitted a "reconditioned" steering rack supplied
by a well known UK Lotus parts supplier. When I took it for
an Engineer's Report, everything was OK except for the bush.
When I got the new bush and dismantled the rack, it was
plain to see that the bush in the "recon" unit was badly worn
but had been "bodgered" by peening the outer end with a
hammer and screw driver to stop it rattling around.
So always check what you're getting, or do it yourself to be sure !

Thanks for the link Sean but do we get a name and shame or do we
condemn every UK supplier?

Martin
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PostPost by: "Sean Murray" » Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:16 pm

Norwich.

"Trust, but verify"

Ronald Reagan
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:27:26 +0100, "Sean Murray" <***@***.***>
wrote:

Some time ago I fitted a "reconditioned" steering rack supplied
by a well known UK Lotus parts supplier. When I took it for
an Engineer's Report, everything was OK except for the bush.
When I got the new bush and dismantled the rack, it was
plain to see that the bush in the "recon" unit was badly worn
but had been "bodgered" by peening the outer end with a
hammer and screw driver to stop it rattling around.
So always check what you're getting, or do it yourself to be sure !

Thanks for the link Sean but do we get a name and shame or do we
condemn every UK supplier?

Martin
72/45
"Sean Murray"
 

PostPost by: lotuselan2 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:47 pm

Laid off aircraft workers and aerospace engineers are keeping our cars
running at modest price! Hurray from Moss Motors and others. (I have no
knowledge of Moss but there are a lot of others out there.)

Ken
'69 Lotus Elan +2 with Cosworth BDR
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'94 Subaru SVX
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