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Steering Rack Limiters for large tires/wheels

PostPost by: bill308 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:15 pm

I posted on this issue in the Racer section yesterday, then thought I should also post in the steering section. Has anyone had to modify their steering rack limiters (spacers inside the rack) to accommodate larger tire/wheel combinations? Presumably, this is to prevent the tire from rubbing on the sway bar at full lock.

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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:01 am

I posted the use of rack limiters a while back.

I have 185/60 r 13 tires on a standard arch S4.

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The Mustang clip on limiters worked great and were easy to install.
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PostPost by: bill308 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:23 am

Hi 1owner69Elan,

Thanks for the input. It gives me some ideas and tells me Nylon/Delrin is a suitable material. There is also the caution that the these limiters need to be solidly attached to the rack, presumably so they don't get caught up on the rack teeth.

A variation might be to install one piece tubes that won't catch on the rack teeth and trim to length after fitting, with a knife or saw.

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