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I know this is highly subjective, but how responsive should the steering be on an Eclat? There's not freeplay in the steering wheel, but when I throw the car into a corner it always feels like there's a tiny pause while weight shifts over an it digs in. Once it's turning, the cars sticks to the road and I've no problems at all. Looked at/changed the following:

  • UJs - Looked at the lower one at least and zero movement there. I was a little blind but from what I could feel nothing on the upper one either.
  • ARB bush: bar to chassis - replaced to poly
  • ARB bush: bar to lower link- replaced to poly
  • Lower trunnion bushes - replaced

My thoughts are therefore the following:

  • Front shocks & springs
  • Track rod ends
  • Rack mountings

Do any of those sound like plausible reasons, and if so where I should start? Nothing bad with the handling; I just feel it could be a little crisper on those sharper corners.

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Have you considered camber angle, wheel alignment etc etc? Not sure if these would cause the symptoms you describe?

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It's probably quite in need of an alignment to be honest. What alignment aspects can be adjusted on an Eclat, front and rear?

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Rear is limited - packing washers on the radius arm mount to give toe in or out. I believe spacers can be added on the hub carrier/shock absorber bolt - I assume to adjust vertical alignment - not sure?

I haven't got to the front of mine yet but there must be some adjustment using track rod ends? The Front suspension section of the manual (Page 4 C2) states:

"Under normal service conditions, the only item requiring attention is to check the front wheel alignment...................The only angles which are adjustable are for wheel alignment; the castor, camber and steering exis (KPI), being set in production and are non-adjustable."

Otherwise, tyre pressures? same tyres on both sides?

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I found in my S1 Elite, having the rear toe-in adjusted properly made a huge difference.

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Sounds like toe front and rear would be a good place to start. Will take a lookwith tape measures until I can find a decent place to do a toe alignment check.

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I was able to take my car to a local garage that had a newly setup Hunter tracking system.

They only charged £15 to check the geometry front and back and you get a print out to tell you how the car sits exactly.

For me the fronts were 100% but the backs needed adjustment, but as mentioned above it was clear how to adjust the camber without risk and effort.

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Having replaced a rear trailing arm without getting things re-aligned properly, I can confirm that set up makes a HUGE difference to how an eclat/elite handles.

I also didn't like the "feel" of the PAS car I drove. The manual rack is heavy to park, but a nicer drive.

 

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Hmmm... Looks like an alignment check and then maybe some toe adjustment might be on the cards.

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Have continued the discussion about this here: 

 

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