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77 bay steering and wander... Running out of options.....

Discussion in 'Bay Tech Clinic' started by Chidori, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. 1500king

    1500king Well-Known Member

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    In regard to steering knuckle/ stub axle you need to remove the brake, hub and backing plate, clamp a straight edge to the backing plate surface and measure the distance between it and the inner edge of tie rod tapered hole from the upper tapered hole edge(the larger end of tapered hole for tie rod end). The dimension should be 111mm. You can also measure the straightness of the stub by using engineers square and vernier, measure at the outer bearing surface and calculate the difference between inner and outer vs bearing mounting diameters. Easy peasy.
     
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  2. Chidori

    Chidori Active Member

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    Thanks for clarifying how to check the arms, 1500.

    I'm happy with the steering now - considering I've been driving it for years in it's worst possible form.
    It started out as 10% of what it should be when I got it - and now I have it somewhere around 90%.

    Alignment is great - best it's ever been. New tyres must have accentuated the bearing problem for some reason. Seems fine now that the bearings are tighter.

    Literally all I will be doing from here is installing the new bearings and that's it. If that improves it closer to 100% then great. I'm reasonably sure this will get me most of the way there. If it doesn't fix it further - no problem - I'm done with it. Too much time, money and headspace have been spent on this van over the years and it's time to move on to something else.
     
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  3. Rosscoe

    Rosscoe Member

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    I have been feeling the same Chidori, about ours lately, too much time and money, we are going to start using it for some small trips to see how it goes, if it doesnt perform the way we need then it will be sold or garaged, one or the other, patience has just about worn out, as has my bank account.
     
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  4. 1500king

    1500king Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, LT tyres suck... i don't know why people use them. I go for silicone compound quality tyres. Many are also driving around on broken front end leaf springs without even knowing it too.. last bus I pulled down had 3/9 broken on the upper beam and 7/9 on the lower, replacing ball joints never always easy... mostly campers too.
     
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  5. 1500king

    1500king Well-Known Member

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    Dont buy the chinese bearings.. they wont last long.
     
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  6. 1500king

    1500king Well-Known Member

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    Yep, bad repairers do that to folks.
     
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  7. Chidori

    Chidori Active Member

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    Yeh - it's not the best feeling when you're "over it"... especially when you're chasing problems by just throwing parts at it like I did.
    On the plus side - if I decide to sell - almost every possible steering component has been replaced. Surely that will add to the value - despite the rough looking body.
     
  8. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Given the age...
    A rough looking body is expected :D
     
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  9. tintop

    tintop Well-Known Member

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    maybe you could go back to one of your initial posts and remember that feeling
    'I love it now and wouldn't be without it.'
    'This will be one car that will never be sold.'

    :);):D
     
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  10. Chidori

    Chidori Active Member

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    Lol, I often walk past my kombi in the street and get disappointed that it hasn't been stolen. ;)
     
  11. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Don't repair the body ;)
     
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  12. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    The wheel alignment guy you have confidence in should be able to do the check on the turn tables on his machine
    They have degree increments on them
     
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