Changed To Disk Brakes, Do I Adjust The Steering Rod Ends?
Posted 22 June 2022 - 09:04 PM
I bought the full kit from MiniSport and fitted it just fine. But putting the wheels on, they are both pointing out a bit when they should be straight.
I can adjust the steering rod ends and bring them back straight, but no instructions or videos show anything like that.
I want to make sure that I'm not adjusting them and causing larger problems.
The other parts of the install were fine, and all in all it seems all fine.
Posted 22 June 2022 - 09:30 PM
Posted 22 June 2022 - 10:00 PM
If you have replaced like for like there should no need to adjust anything.
Posted 22 June 2022 - 10:37 PM
Actually, I haven't moved the car much after the install, but that is my next goal.
And no, it wasn't like for like, I went from busted drums all around to 7.5 disks in front.
I can't imagine that that steering arm on the hubs (drum to disks) have the same exact geometry, which would explain the need for a small bit of adjustment. Nothing that a few turns of the rack end can't fix, but again, making sure that is a common thing.
Posted 23 June 2022 - 04:37 AM
Posted 23 June 2022 - 05:13 PM
I would check and adjust, new parts seem to be of lower quality and accuracy, and it's worth it for the little time it takes, and an improvement in tyre wear and handling!
Posted 23 June 2022 - 05:51 PM
It might also be that your old ones were bent and the new ones are straight (although probably the other way around with the quality of new stuff as mentioned above!).
Posted 24 June 2022 - 11:21 AM
The wheels are pointing out more often than not, unless you're steering dead ahead the inner one needs to steer more to follow a smaller radius through a turn (then there's toe out on top).
It won't hurt to check the tracking, but much of the geometry comes from the suspension arms, not the swivel hubs and should be the same with discs or drums. You can measure it, but is there any point unless you intend to spend on correcting it.
Posted 24 June 2022 - 11:56 AM
I also changed the cones and shocks at the same time, and I think everything in place is making it track a bit differently.
I will adjust the steering arm ends a few turns and make things a but better so I can get to the alignment shop.
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