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Re: [Mgs] MGA Inner Tie Rod Adjustment

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Subject: Re: [Mgs] MGA Inner Tie Rod Adjustment
From: Barney Gaylord <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 11:56:23 -0500
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Not so on the MGA. The MGA has no preload spring. It has shims to adjust minimal clearance. If you manage to adjust it to have a bit of drag initially, it will wear in and become loose in short order anyway. So being loose is normal for MGA.

If it is loose enough to wiggle endways you can (maybe) disassemble the acorn nut and remove a thin shim to reduce internal clearance. Beware that this joint is often very difficult to unscrew, and the shims are usually aluminum. This may be why it is so difficult to open, due to galvanic corrosion of dissimilar metals. If you apply heat it will most likely destroy the aluminum shims. See here:

Barney Gaylord
1958 MGA with an attitude

At 08:43 AM 5/11/2012 +0100, PaulHunt73 wrote:
There should be a resistance for the MGB at least, to ensure no free play - 32 to 52 pound *inches* on the rod to produce articulation. The ball housing is adjusted to produce this, the 'locknut' flange has to be prised out of the indentations on the housing to allow it.

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... I thought there should be some resistance to them and that they should basically hold horizontal (but with free motion all around when moved by hand). Is this correct. If not how do I go about adjusting them. Is it a "simple" tightening of the acorn nut like an MGB, or is it more involved. The ball joint connection to the rack certainly looks a little different than an MGB.
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