Lotus Elan

Steering Rack Woes

PostPost by: George4th » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:33 pm

Hello
Having just had my rack reconditioned , it seems a little long!! (As recent posts in the archives)
Can anyone give me the dimension from end of tie rod to end of tie rod on a rack that is off the car?

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:46 pm

Hi George

Is this the dimension you are looking for?

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PostPost by: George4th » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:50 pm

Gary
Thanks but its the complete end to end measurement ie the end of one tie rod to the end of the other tie rod on the other side on an assembled rack
The rack bar has been replaced and I want to check it is as original
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:17 pm

OK, one more try.

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PostPost by: George4th » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:20 pm

Excellent I will check now!

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PostPost by: George4th » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:25 pm

OK now I am confused
I have 39.25 inches and too much toe out? (measured on the discs with the suspension in droop)

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PostPost by: George4th » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:27 pm

Hold on Gary , the first picture shows about 135mm up to the ball , second picture shows 160mm up to ball, are you trying to confuse us?

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:51 pm

OK, I screwed up. I looked a a pair of racks and one had and end cut so I grabbed the other and I forgot that I had reinstalled a pair of spitfire iiner tie rod ends on it to keep all of the other pars in one location. anyway here is a 3rd rack that should be correct. It looks like 39 inches, give Brian Buckland a call and ask him, He did an article for the Club Lotus new letter a while ago and may be able to email you a copy of it.

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PostPost by: George4th » Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:31 pm

Thanks Gary so my 39.25 is about right .... I was concerned it was an inch out!
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