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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-09-13, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Capri pirana suspension drop and toe rod end lenght

Hi there i had to make a modification on my capri but it seems to only result in problems. I had to lower my suspension to remove the starter and i realised the tie rod ends need to be longer. Ive sorted that out, the steering felt crap (car standing still). When turning my steering wheel it feels as if something is stripped. I also had to increase the length on my steering shaft, due to dropping the suspension. I noticed that on the rubber mounting on the steering shaft is tearing. It seems that the angle is too sharp. With regards to the tie rod ends, the arms are upwards and not down like most (all) cars. Please give me advice on whether the tie rod ends may point in an upward angle and what to do with the steering rod?

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Re: Capri pirana suspension drop and toe rod end lenght

What you have done will seriously throw out steering geometry , alignment and put unknown stress on steering components .That is similar to what happened to Ayrton Senna in his fateful crash at San Marino GP .The subsequent investigation found " "It has been determined that the accident was caused by a steering column failure. This failure was caused by badly designed and badly executed modifications " and that was a professional F1 racing team .You dont mess about with steering , chopping and changing .
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Thank you thats what i thought. So what do you recomend

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Re: Capri pirana suspension drop and toe rod end lenght

You will have to reinstate back to original . Altering the column can put extra strain on rack , knackering it . Unless you fit correct , genuine , modified parts and set it up to right settings it will never be right or safe .Lowering the suspension to remove starter should not have caused any need to alter steering components .
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