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Straight Six
April 6, 2017, 1:17pm Report to Moderator

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Last night I noticed that there is lateral movement in the off side track rod of my Vitesse’ steering rack. Annoying as this was a ‘reconditioned’ unit fitted less than 12,000 miles ago.  

Anyway, can this paly be taken up by shims? I seem to remember reading somewhere that it is possible, but can’t see any shims in this area on any of the exploded diagrams available on the net.
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Do you mean theres side to side play in the bar that comes out rack casing? If thats it I believe theres a sort of brass lump in the housing that rubs on the rack and obviously wears with usage. I was told years ago they werent available separately although you would hope reconditioners would get them from somewhere as its an important item! Believe I read someone makes modified racks for some vehicles that does away with this problem but cant remember much about it   
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Straight Six
April 6, 2017, 2:19pm Report to Moderator

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Basically, if I grab hold of the track rod I can move it towards & away from the centre of the car. The actual rack doesn't move and there is no such play on the near side.
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April 6, 2017, 2:35pm Report to Moderator

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well that sounds like the ball joint between the end of the rack and the track rod has play in it and these are adjustable. It sounds like maybe the shims have been left out so giving excess play....
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Pete Lewis
April 6, 2017, 2:38pm Report to Moderator

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yes the spherical cup  on the end of the rack under the gaitor is shimmed  easy to undo and add or remove ,  the shims sit behind the inboard  ball socket cup  


1964 1600 Vitesse 6 Cactus and Black , now  sold
now have T2000   Mk2 saloon in French Blue/grey trim  been  restored without running since 1997
now has power steering ,poly bushed and Alfa 156 seats
location  Luton
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Nick Jones
April 6, 2017, 3:16pm Report to Moderator

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As above.  Cups, shims, lock washers etc available from Chris Witor.  Might even manage it without removing the rack from the car.


Nick Jones
Somerset UK

Vitesse Mk 1.5 Convertible EFI, Survivor of RBRR 2008, HCR & 10CR 2009, HCR 2010, 10CR2011, HCR 2012, 10CR2013, 10CR2015, HCR 2016 & HCR 2017.
GT6 Mk3 Roto - project in progress
Spitfire MKIV son's project now on the road as a daily driver
2.5 PI Saloon now EFI (PIe?), Engine rebuilt and running sweet.  Diff howling...... Survivor of HCR 2013 & 2014 Gone to live in Swansea
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April 6, 2017, 3:31pm Report to Moderator

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Straight Six, you know the original Triumph workshop manual is available online? Its got all the drawings of the rack and many other goodies (although not all of them perfectly clear)
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Straight Six
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Thanks, I'll give Chris Wittor a ring.
I've got a manual but it's not readily accessible (long story...) I'll also try and dig that out this weekend if I get time. I agree it will make things a lot easier.
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