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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-12-2004, 07:17 AM
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i added the SS steering box to the car,.. makes a good difference in steering response,.. just that the wheel is 'off' about 10-15 deg,
where would be the best place to start in re-centreing the wheel,.. wheel? pitman arm? steering shaft?
thanks to anyone who might have done this already,..
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-12-2004, 11:17 AM
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Is the steering shaft splined? if it is then you need to start there. Maybe you got it off by one spline. Otherwise to only way to set the steering wheel is in the tie-rods, and the amount you are talking about it quite a sum. And if you adjust the tie-rods at all, you'll need to take it to the shop and have it allinged. And hopefully they won't find anything wrong to cost you even more money. But I think you shouldbe fine with the shaft.
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-12-2004, 11:37 AM
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When I got my new steering gearbox installed, my steering wheel was off too, it was turned half a turn when I was going straight. Took it to get it alligned and they said it couldnt be alligned because the pitman arm was not put on correctly. Take it to get it alligned, you probabbly need it anyways since u messed around with the front end. gl [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-13-2004, 07:44 PM
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Nick, as you know the input has a master. It can be "gooned" on in the wrong place but I am going to assume this is not the case.
The pitman has 4 masters but if you were out 90 degrees I think you would have clued in.

Which leaves the box. In a perfect world they are identical. In the real world they are close.
In the harsh world rebuilders sometimes assemble them 180 out which results in the wheel being upside down or they have been in an accident.
In your case it will probably be tolerance stacking or one box has been pranged. It takes little to twist the sector. I see this on a regular basis being in the trade.
They will normally twist directly above the pitman arm. You can often see it in the splines

With the steering wheel straight, the flat one the input should be straight up (parallel with the cover face) and the pitman arm should be such that the inner tie rods are equidistant from the lower control arm inner pivots.

There is a tiny cast arrow on the steering shaft flange that should be in the center of the input flat.
If all checks out adjust the tie rods.
When finished they should be the same length left and right. 1/4 or less is good. More than that something is not right. More than 1/2 you have an issue.
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-14-2004, 09:37 PM
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thanks for your reply gerry,.. which i read in the wagon section and i could not reply to because the damn moderator poked his nose in and closed the topic,..
moderators should look for bad language and mind their damn business about other stuff,.. just like dave posted pics of his "wagon " exhaust in the "WAGON' section and it was moved to exhaust,.. i dislike being forced to read the whole damn forum,.. when i'd prefer to stick to the vehicle type format .ther are sections of this forum i never look at,.. and t'will always be like that.
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