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    It could well be your lucky day Pete, 01322 is pretty close to me, my Son's just started driving & is gagging to go anywhere at the minute so I could get him to collect it & send it to you through work, will they take payment over the phone?
    How'd the weekend go? Well, at the moment it looks like a dolphin that's been caught in a boats propeller.

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    Al Trans part is at Erith mate down on the island 5 mins past Morrisons
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    I can see a variety of possible causes .

    First question as always, what caster and toe in setting do you have ?

    How are you quarter elliptics connected to the front axle , via a swinging shackle or not ?

    Is the steering very twitchy ie as you start to move the wheel it is VERY precise and wants to go whichever way you are turning sharply rather than a more controlled movement ?
    Sorry kev, I was half way through posting and phoning trans spares and missed you post. I do take you advice seriously as you sorted the problem on my old T.

    Caster is about 6 deg, tried up to 8 but no better. Toe in is 1/8, tried up to 3/16.

    Springs are connected to the axle with shackles.

    Steering isn't twitchy at all, you have to turn the wheel quite a lot to get it to move. There was a lot of slop in the steering box so I got a recon one and adjusted all of that out. It feels a bit like it's tramlining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemi Bucket View Post
    It could well be your lucky day Pete, 01322 is pretty close to me, my Son's just started driving & is gagging to go anywhere at the minute so I could get him to collect it & send it to you through work, will they take payment over the phone?
    Hi Al, that would be really good of you.
    Not sure if they do take payment over the phone. I could post or paypal you some money first anyway, I've been after one for a couple of months now so another few days won't hurt.

    I'll PM you

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpannerPete View Post
    Sorry kev, I was half way through posting and phoning trans spares and missed you post. I do take you advice seriously as you sorted the problem on my old T.

    Caster is about 6 deg, tried up to 8 but no better. Toe in is 1/8, tried up to 3/16.

    Springs are connected to the axle with shackles.

    Steering isn't twitchy at all, you have to turn the wheel quite a lot to get it to move. There was a lot of slop in the steering box so I got a recon one and adjusted all of that out. It feels a bit like it's tramlining.
    Can you measure the steering drop arm centre to centre and also the steering arm kingpin to centre of TRE ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    Can you measure the steering drop arm centre to centre and also the steering arm kingpin to centre of TRE ?
    Drop arm is 170mm centre to centre
    Steering arm is 140mm centre of kingpin to centre of TRE

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpannerPete View Post
    Drop arm is 170mm centre to centre
    Steering arm is 140mm centre of kingpin to centre of TRE
    Kev, Do you think its worth shortening the drop arm?

    Thanks

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    Not as you don't feel it's too twitchy . Is the steering fairly heavy but precise ?I'm just tryingto get a feel for your problem. I've an idea on how to check the steering geometry now i've a better idea of how it is all aligned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    Not as you don't feel it's too twitchy . Is the steering fairly heavy but precise ?I'm just tryingto get a feel for your problem. I've an idea on how to check the steering geometry now i've a better idea of how it is all aligned.
    Thanks, I'm clutching at straws as I don't know what else to try.

    No steering is light and sort of vague. It doesn't use all the steering box travel to get full steering (I think the box about 5 1/2 turns lock to lock but only uses 3 1/2 turns) It's not too bad at low speeds (30mph) but at 50-60 it drifts about, hard to keep it it a straight line. It's like it's got a mind of its own!

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    When it's drifting is it that when it hits bumps or just as you drive along ie is it as bad on say dual carriageways as country roads . You drive another T with a steering box as well?
    Last edited by kapri; 24-06-2011 at 21:55.

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