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Hi guys .Another problem found .steering rack has a lot of play .just checked how much they are ....not cheap from sj .has any one reckoned there's .or do you just buy a replacment Mike 81 turbo.Thanks 

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Mike, is it definitely in the rack?  Not the ends or U/J?

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It can be rebuilt mike - check if you have any local reliant/triumph specialists round your neck of the woods

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Barry. if a triumph specialist can rebuild what is it off? I bought one a few years ago from SJ but was under the impression it was Ford related. Still got the old one so maybe this will now be rebuilt when the time comes

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I really dunno - but it’s very very similar, if not the same, to the scimitars one according to the chap whom fettled with my red one. It sure uses triumph ends and ball joints 

I could be getting old and senile and confusing a spitfire I did though....... 

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The thing is guys .exeter has not got any one decent for this type of thing .But I will try and find someone ...thanks Mike

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Thanks Barry .....Mike

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Ok guys .Does any one know if their early rack looks like this .i have asked the previous owner if it's been modified .i don't know .Hope you can see Te pictures ok .Mike

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looks like my "85 esprit, I got most of the parts from a specialist up in B'ham (Kiley - Clinton Engineering https://www.steering-racks.co.uk/)  I asked for capri parts (inner ball joints, springs and all the nylon parts as well)  there are a few different style's, the cheap one's (lotus) have 1 needle bearing and 1ball bearing the later one's (capri) have 2 tapper bearings, I redrilled my casting to use 2 tapper bearings as it is much better to minimize play (a normal ball bearing has a little axial play) this is not a problem on the (way to expensive)  new units that are available because they have straight cut gears but on the better and beefier old units with helical cut gears you don't want your pinion to go up or down first before it moves the rack.  btw on the new units the rack is 19.05mm (3/4") on the old one's the rack is 22.2mm  (7/8") 

search for a capri manual in pdf there are good drawings that explain everything 

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Thank you Rick .Also thank you to you other guys for all your help .i will get there in the end .not being good with spanners does not help .i am more of a polisher kind of guy .....Mike

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btw it is not an capri unit, (pinion shaft is different in lenght)  look for a manufactures name in the alu casting near the pinion. i have seen at least 2 different manufacturers so maybe they have different parts inside as well

 

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Lotusbits do exchange racks at a good price I think.

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