Date registered: Jun 2004
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Hi,Gustav,I'm glad you took that on board,mainly because the Mercedes steering is actually very good,if not superior in feel to the general rack and pinion design. I would hate to think you built in steering faults where none existed before.
The location of the arms doesn't matter,they go up and down constantly anyway.What is important is aforementioned location of the centerline .
If you're alluding to the position the arms from the rack take while cornering,of course the go out of the centerline,that doesn't matter. you spend 99% of the time driving in a forward direction ,not rounding curves. It's when you strike a bump at 50mph and the car decides to steer off in to a tree with no input from you ,is when you realise the mercmad man knows what he's talking about.
It would be easier for you to drop the front axle as an assembly and fabricate your mounts on the floor. Either that or pickup a scrap one from the wreckers and use it as mock up.
Here,in oZ the rack is sometimes mounted ahead of the front crossmember ( as in Mitsubishi L300 van front assemblies which bolted into everything...) .This saves lots of space .
if I were you i would spend plenty of time in wrecking yards measuring Euro and jap cars for their steering racks to see what would fit easiest. i especialy look for power racks too.
Last edited by mercmad6.3; 10-25-2007 at 07:33 PM.