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RE: Tie rod Ends / 64 B / 2nd try

Subject: RE: Tie rod Ends / 64 B / 2nd try
From: "W. R. Gibbons" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 10:49:47 -0400 (EDT)
On Tue, 17 Sep 1996, REICHLE, CHRISTOPHER wrote:

> Your tie rod ends should be screwed on the same amount on either side to 
> keep the proper geometry in the suspension. The only reason that this would 

I think it is possible to have the proper geometry with the tie rod ends
screwed in different amounts--what determines the toe-in is the total
distance between the two tie rod ends.  However, the pinion gear would not
be in the center of the rack with the tie rod ends adjusted unevenly.  If
the clearances are different in the center and ends of the rack, then this
would be a minor disadvantage as there would be a bit more play than there
should be with the car going straight.  If the clearance does not change
as the pinion moves the rack, then having the ends screwed in different
amounts should not matter, unless they are so far off that the turning
circle on one side is increased. 

   Ray Gibbons  Dept. of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
                Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
        (802) 656-8910

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