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Thread: Steering Wheel Shimmy

  1. #21
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    Most aftermarket wishbones alter camber by a significant amount and you also have to get tracking adjusted which adds to your cost. Therefore better to reuse existing wishbones and just renew bushes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen View Post
    Most aftermarket wishbones alter camber by a significant amount and you also have to get tracking adjusted which adds to your cost. Therefore better to reuse existing wishbones and just renew bushes.
    Thanks for the warning - my tracking is already stuffed (although some how the tyres aren't obviously suffering), so I'll put up with the inconvenience
    Paul
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    Perhaps visit an mot centre and get your front axle checked out on their play detector? Should not cost much. Up here I can usually get this done for nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen View Post
    Perhaps visit an mot centre and get your front axle checked out on their play detector? Should not cost much. Up here I can usually get this done for nothing.
    MOT is due this month, and although the issue has been missed in the past, I'd rather get ahead of the game for a change.
    Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by UKKid35 View Post
    I'm reasonably certain I have the same problem - pulls badly under hard braking

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    I don't recall mine pulling under braking when the wishbone bushes were shot. (Modern cars with longitudinal compliance in the inner wishbone mountings are configured to be self correcting regarding steering). I do remember the clunking though.

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    23 at EuroCarParts with the current discount code

    Means I can easily return them if they are obviously different from the ones that come off
    Paul
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    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
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    Job from Hell

    For anyone attempting this bear in mind that although you only have to release four bolts per side...

    Two of them are Ball Joints that probably haven't been released since manufacture

    In all fairness the main suspension ball joint is not a problem, although it does require a sturdy BJ Splitter to do the job once the nut is removed

    However the Drop Link ball joint nut is impossible

    Firstly there is far too much unnecessary thread that is exposed to everything and rusts to hell

    Even if you take a rotary wire brush to it first you really don't stand a chance

    I just managed to do one side with judicious use of a bottle jack as shown below but that took me about 90 mins to remove (apologies for the orientation)

    On the other side the drop link nut thwarted me

    The only option now seems to be destructive removal, disappointing

    The other thing I discovered was that every single Ball Joint Boot is knackered and probably has been for some time

    The state of the wishbone bushes is hidden from view by the undertray, so can only be determined through play by a vigilant MOT inspector

    And if all that wasn't enough I got flashed by a speed camera when I went out to buy a set of deep offset ring spanners

    Who the hell has spanners that are even sizes, I only had 13/15/17/19 - not 16 and 18 which is what you need

    Not a good day by any stretch of the immagination

    Paul
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    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
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    I’ve made special tools to easily remove front drop links.

    1) A special tube style thread die holder for cleaning those rusty threads. My die holder takes standard SKF style 1” diameter round dies, in this case M10x1.5.

    2) A special M10x1.5 counter holding tool. The tool screws into the exposed threads and counter holds making removal of drop link nuts easy.
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    There are photos of my tools on Evilution:

    https://www.evilution.co.uk/Chassis/...nk_removal.htm
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    Alternatively the manufacturer could cover the exposed threads with RTV or similar - sorry silly me, far too expensive
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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