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Rack solid mounts

PostPost by: shaun » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:07 pm

Having fitted solid mounts I was a bit concerned about rack movement as the mounts only rely on the clamping force . Milled some nylon split blocks to take up the gaps on the rack , am I being a bit over cautious
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PostPost by: S2Jay » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:45 pm

Hi Shaun,

I like your thought process & the execution looks great! Yes, may not be a major issue, but why not use the empty gap to support any potential lateral loads? Looks like first class work.

1. Have you driven yet to assess actual steering feel? [the pics do look like you are still in construction.]

2. Are the screws only to fasten the halves of the nylon together, not to screw the nylon into the rack frame? [In one pic it appears that one of the screws extends down to the frame support.]

just looking for clues at the scene....
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PostPost by: shaun » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:37 am

Yes Jay the screws only hold the two nylon halves together
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:58 am


Looks a good idea to me as well. I'm not quite as advanced as you with my rebuild, but all photos of good ideas are very gratefully looked at !

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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:36 am

Agreed, very sensible mod. A nylon "top hat" bush in the top of the steering column inside the horn ring relieves some of the stress on the rubbish column bushes and makes the steering feel much more positive too.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:50 am


Reference the rubbish steering column bushes, I find this sort of thing so frustrating. I bought from several suppliers, and they all seem the same, ie slack. I don't believe that the original bush as used by Triumph would have been this slack, and please don't mention the steering column coupling. In the end I had my steering column hard chrome plated and ground down to fit the bush.

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