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Hi All,

 

I wonder if someone can help me.

 

My Steering Rack has excessive play in it, so I am going to replace it with a new quick rack. I am unsure of what rack I need to purchase and whether my Wishbones are Wide track or not?

 

Please see attached photos. Are there any measurements I can take to find out?

Thanks

James

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You look to have an incredibly non-standard car there, this may not be quite as straightforward as normal - hard to tell from the photos alone.

Those lower wishbones are very long looking, it might just be the photos, but they look wider than normal wide track, yet they don't seem to match the upper rose jointed wishbones ? 

In addition you have a very unusual looking steering rack, from a single seater possibly, with huge toe rods compared to an escort rack, they're also "matched length" to the wishbones, so no rack extenders to swap over, and additionally, rose jointed to the steering arms on the hubs.

Have you checked all over the rack for any identifying marks? If it's something like a Titan rack, it's probably serviceable, (and originally very expensive!)

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Well it's not the standard MK2 escort rack, but I can't tell you what one it is. Looks like you have some form of widetrack suspension, with westfield style uprights, What overall condition is the rack in? You could possibly adjust the rack preload to remove play, if the rack is otherwise smooth, if you also want a faster rack, you could replace the steering arms with the shorter versions, I did this and not only is it quicker, I also have a tighter turning radius now. 

 

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2 hours ago, Deanspoors said:

Well it's not the standard MK2 escort rack, but I can't tell you what one it is. Looks like you have some form of widetrack suspension, with westfield style uprights, What overall condition is the rack in? You could possibly adjust the rack preload to remove play, if the rack is otherwise smooth, if you also want a faster rack, you could replace the steering arms with the shorter versions, I did this and not only is it quicker, I also have a tighter turning radius now. 

 

No worries, thanks for the reply

 

Most of the play in it is coming from the bushes at either side (primarily one side), so although I think the preload would help a bit, it wouldn't solve the issue. The only way to fix it would be to replace the bushes, which is hard without knowing what it's from :( 

 

I have a feeling it's already a quick rack, as it used to be raced by it's prior owners. I just want to ensure I get one, as that is my future aim

 

Thanks

James 

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3 hours ago, Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary said:

You look to have an incredibly non-standard car there, this may not be quite as straightforward as normal - hard to tell from the photos alone.

Those lower wishbones are very long looking, it might just be the photos, but they look wider than normal wide track, yet they don't seem to match the upper rose jointed wishbones ? 

In addition you have a very unusual looking steering rack, from a single seater possibly, with huge toe rods compared to an escort rack, they're also "matched length" to the wishbones, so no rack extenders to swap over, and additionally, rose jointed to the steering arms on the hubs.

Have you checked all over the rack for any identifying marks? If it's something like a Titan rack, it's probably serviceable, (and originally very expensive!)

Thanks for the reply!

 

Nothing is ever easy is it!! Do you know what the measurements of a normal or wide-track wishbone is?

 

The only identifying marks I can see is a number '996254'. I will email Titan on the of chance that it is 

 

Thanks

James

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4 hours ago, Arm said:

If you want to sell that rack I'd be interested

Haha asking that makes me not want to sell it :d  

 

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Might be a shortened Sierra rack - looks like the one I had when I was (almost) going to build an MK.

Might have a pic somewhere...

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Just found a pic - nothing like that - so ignore me!

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10 hours ago, Chris King - Webmaster and Joint North East AO said:

Just found a pic - nothing like that - so ignore me!

No worries, thanks anyway :)

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11 hours ago, Hepple said:

Haha asking that makes me not want to sell it :d  

 

He probably knows something that mere mortals don't!

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18 hours ago, Arm said:

If you want to sell that rack I'd be interested

I'm definitely not selling it anyway.. but it would be great if you could tell me the make of it if you know :d 

 

Waiting on a call back from Titan at the minute to confirm if it is theirs 

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If I told you it was made by Cadburys would you sell it to me ?

 

 

If not then I suspect its a Titan style rack.

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6 minutes ago, Arm said:

If I told you it was made by Cadburys would you sell it to me ?

 

 

If not then I suspect its a Titan style rack.

Definitely not, who'd want to sell Cadbury's ?!!

 

Thanks, it's appreciated. If I do end up purchasing a replacement I will be in touch :)

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FYI, it is a Titan steering rack!

It is getting posted back to them for a refurb :d 

 

Thanks all

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