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  1. Andythebath

    Andythebath Rookie

    Dec 29, 2019
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    Hi all
    Hope to call on your experience to tell me what’s missing / what I might need to fix the excessive play on this steering rack ? It’s a lhd 1981 GTSi
    Thanks in advance
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  3. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    You may be missing that one bushing inside (bottom item in the pic) where the rod/rack slide back and forth and keeps the grease or oil from coming out. I just rebuilt mine not too long ago, it did had an excessive play also where I couldn’t have my front wheels align.

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  4. Andythebath

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    Thanks I’ll look up that part on Superformance


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  5. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    If it’s not missing then it’s more likely worn out which mine was.
     
  6. Andythebath

    Andythebath Rookie

    Dec 29, 2019
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    Maybe it’s worn out to the point that it’s disintegrated, how does the new bush fit it? I presume the track rod ends have to come off somehow ? Thanks


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  8. miked

    miked Formula Junior

    Feb 7, 2001
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    The steering rack is the same as used on a Pantera. This link is to a tutorial on rebuilding the rack, it's been around for probably decades and has become the "go to" article for rack rebuilds.

    http://www.panteraplace.com/page203.htm
     
  9. Andy 308GTB

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    All of the above. You will need 2 of those bushings (the Superformance website states that) and I can confirm that.
    I used Penrite Semi Fluid Grease to fill the rack with (https://www.penriteoil.com.au/products/semi-fluid-grease)

    Track rod ends. Remember that this is a steering rack shared with the mini. I bought track rod ends from a mini spares places and they were a fraction of the price of those offered by the usual suspects.
     
  10. miketuason

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  11. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    The original end play bushing was Delrin, or plastic.....I think the conventional wisdom is to replace it during rebuild with one machined of brass???

    It will cause steering wheel shimmy, once gone...
     
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  13. dave80gtsi

    dave80gtsi Formula 3
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    Is there a known experienced shop which someone can recommend who can rebuild our steering racks to a high (OEM quality) standard?
     
  14. absostone

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    Pantera uses the same bushing
     
  15. Cirorsi

    Cirorsi Formula Junior
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    call Dave at AW Italian in Eatontown, NJ, they rebuild your own or can sell a new one (I have not used this service however). 732-542-5600.
     

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