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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:49 am 
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got some annoying problems with my si

spec fiesta si mk3.5
fitted with. xr2i 1.8 16v manual steering rack, uj and mk3 manual column, manual track rod ends, mk3.5 hubs, mk3.5 pas area six adjustable wishbones

apprently the wishbones wont matteras there the same size apprently, but basically ive had lots of problems trying to get my si tracked up since converting to manual steering, it would track up on the drivers side just, but the passenger side ...no, the only way the guy could do it was to turn the steering wheel slightly left hand down about 10 0 clock instead of 12 oclock.....

i get exactly 2 turns left and 2.5 turns right which is annoying when doing a 3 point turn


the steering rack was a reconditioned unit, could it have the wrong tie rod arms on it does anyone think? as both garages who tried to do the tracking have said it seems like it needs shorter tie rod arms on the rack?
im not sure if there are 2 types of length tie rod arm?
ive thought about buying a mk3.5 1.1 manual rack... but not sure its really getting to me now and im just not enjoying driving it as much since converting it :rolleyes:

any help would be great :)

the other issue is with taking the steering wheel off so many times the clock spring fell apart which i think does both the airbag sensor and self cancels on the indiactors and im thinking of getting rid of the airbag all together now, what is involed with doing this?


and last problem i have is play on the drivers side top mount i have gmax suspension on the car which is 7 years old, and brand new floflex top mounts the passenger side is fine, the drivers side isnt when you take the top nut and cap of from the engine bay the shaft of the shock is pushed against the top mount like its at an angle not sure if maybe the suspenion could be bent or not :| :?

any help would be fantastic :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:04 pm 
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have you hit a pothole ona corner really hard? id take the wheel off have a good old look......

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:22 pm 
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samwatson wrote:
have you hit a pothole ona corner really hard? id take the wheel off have a good old look......

reguarding the topmount issue im not sure dude, im going to have to steal the suspension of the white fiesta and see

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:26 pm 
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was the rack centered when u fitted it ?
so both sides were of equal lenght


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:31 pm 
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big g1985 wrote:
was the rack centered when u fitted it ?
so both sides were of equal lenght



when it was first fitted the passenger wheel was toeing in a lot the drivers side wheel was straight, my mate then centralised it but i dont think he did as yesterday theres 2 full locks to the left and 2.5 to the right, so it cant be correct :?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:00 pm 
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id disconnect the rack from the hubs and steering coloum and start again
and remove the track rod ends aswell


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:07 pm 
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