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Engine oil, gear oil, or grease? Just renewed boots and gaskets for the Triumph Herald box, and would appreciate knowing the recommended slippery stuff! Thanks.

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It's usually a Ford/Burman steering rack on the Elite (from the European Ford Capri) - that's what's on mine.  Is your car an export model with a different rack?  When I recently refurbished mine with the rebuild kit from Lotus Marques it recommended using CV joint grease thinned down a bit with oil and that's what I did - seems to be fine.

Pete

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Methinks that all the Federal models (and maybe European) had the Herald rack. I'm guessing because they had a LHD unit and the Burman did not. At any rate I like the idea of a slurry; thin enough to bathe the rack but thick enough that it doesn't leak out. Thanks for the reply.

Scott

http://www.evalbum.com/4524

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Hi Scott - what a brilliant conversion!  Thanks for the link.  Your steering rack still looks like a Burman rack to me!  The Herald rack looks different to yours, even LHD. 

Have you had the car on the scales yet - is it heavier or lighter than original?

Pete

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The link states 1204Kg, so not a great deal heavier. 

Interesting conversion Scott. Nice one.

Tony

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If all else fails, read the instructions!!  😳.  About the same weight as an Excel.

Pete

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No. You don't need to read the distructions. Far more entertaining to just dive in.

Years ago I did an aptitude test for engineering apprenticeship and was told I "learn by doing". All the excuse I ever needed to treat instructions as a last resort. :)

Tony

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Sorry for the late post to your replies. Everything slows down in a pandemic!

Thanks for setting me straight on the Ford/Burman rack, Pete.

As some of you have noted, it's about 170 lbs (77 kg) over stock weight. The distribution is vastly different, though. Front/rear is 47/53, so it does understeer a bit compared to the pronounced oversteer of stock (so I am told). Still fun on the twisties, but I rarely drive it aggressively. 

Hope you all are doing well over there.

Scott

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