Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane Australia
Re: Tightening the Steering
Your a wealth of knowledge mate, should call you Bearfootapedia !
When the lid screws down it is held in. I noticed that the spacer block in front of the rack gear is slightly smaller then the rack gear & when the rod end bolts are loosened you can move it up & down slightly, I moved it up as far as it would go then tightened the bolts, this left the top of the spacer flush with the top of the rack gear but at the bottom there is a discrepency of less then 1mm, hence the reason for the play. The metal I used is softer then the spacer so I expect it to wear 1st although it isnt as soft as the alloy so the lid will probably wear , I figure it wont be too difficult to machine the lid or fabricate a new 1 if or when it flogs out. I would have preffered to of made my new thingy to fit on the top side as I feel it would have meshed the gears closer together but had no way of holding it secure plus it wouldve worn the alloy underneath rather then the lid. I like your idea of the wear resistant tape but dont think i need it at this point, wouldve been perfect if installing the new thingy on the top rather then the bottom. Wish I had of thought to install new grease nipples prior to re-assembly, next time !
I'm yet to field test it but I have to say that sitting in the shed it feels a whole lot better. I will up date after our next ride.