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Re: [Spridgets] Suspension woes

To: "Leo" <60bugeye@cebridge.net>, "Spridget List" <Spridgets@autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Suspension woes
From: "David Riker" <davriker@nwi.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2008 19:50:20 -0700
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The shims behind the steering rack are to keep the steering column aligned 
to the rack and turning smoothly.  They don't necessarily go back in the 
same places they came out either.  With the wheels lifted off the ground, 
does the steering wheel rotate freely from lock to lock?  There should be no 
stiff spots or binding.  Causes are the shims, bent steering column, or the 
king pin bolts too tight.  Any binding will show up as steering that refuses 
to return to center.  Toe in should be adjusted 1/8 less in the front.  At 
any speed at all, the resistance of the tires actually pulls the front end 
to a true 0" Toe-in.  If the toe starts out at 0, by the time the vehicle is 
under way there will actually be 1/8" toe-out.  Toe-out will increase tire 
wear, and cause twitchy steering.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Leo" <60bugeye@cebridge.net>
To: "Spridget List" <Spridgets@autox.team.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 2:45 PM
Subject: [Spridgets] Suspension woes

> Front bearing issues are now solved thanks to Peter C.  The problem with 
> the
> excessive play in one wheel was a worn inner hub race.  Changed hubs and
> installed a new bearing.  Now on to the next issue with the front
> suspension.  When I go over ANY  irregularities in the road the car want 
> to
> literally jump around and dart every which way.  The car will not self
> center on steering (i.e. most cars you can let go of the wheel and the
> steering will try to go straight).  All of the suspension bushes, 
> kingpins,
> and tie rod ends are new.  The rack was also rebuilt.  Car now has 68 
> miles
> on it.  Is something on the suspension too tight and needs to be loosened?
> Rack related? Alignment issues? Trying to get Iris sorted out for the Lake
> of the Ozarks.  Cant wait for the mountain roads <VBG>

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