Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 04:03 pm, by: Rich O'neil(Kiwiinaus)
I was having a brain fade time and couldn't remember the exact correctness names !! So we have outer tie rods like the pic with the left and right and then the rack rod ends like in the last pic . The way to go is to get the whole rack rebuilt , I get them done for $600.00 , that's every seal , boot and completely striped cleaned and rebuilt including rod ends but not tie rods , a great price .
Friday, October 16, 2009 - 07:50 pm, by: Aaron Mead(Aaron)
I'm dyin man! Did it today, but not in time for a wheel alignment. Did tie rods, lower ball joints, lower control arm bushes (took an hour to get them pressed out, then cleaned up, the greased and new ones pushed back in, it's a killer to get the outer shell. Of the bush out without a big enough socket to use as a pin. Ended up hacsawing the outer shells out. Did upper control arms, piece of piss hardest thing was getting those air lines back into the struts. That's after pants taking them off. Advice: wait for the hissing to stop. Saves on dry cleaning.
Went for a spin just now .......... Like a new front end
Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 04:48 pm, by: Aaron Mead(Aaron)
Dammit, steering rack is still un-alignable (if thats a word).
Still at least the camber and castor alignment went well. Just the rack bushes to do and of course, rebuild the rack while its out.
Anyone reccommend a place that knows how to treat a nice rack appropriately?
Also, swaybar (or stabilizer as the part name states) bushes are a real treat for the car. Easy to fit, and make a noticeable difference to body roll. I think these are one bush that could certainly be replaced with a harder and often yuckier polyurethane type bush. The harder the better perhaps.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 09:12 pm, by: Aaron Mead(Aaron)
Well finished the Tranmission Mount, Engine Mounts, and Steering rack bushes part of the job today.
Probably the most noteable changes to driving dynamics. The sound level from the engine has gone way, way down. Its silent. The gear changes are much much faster and smoother, and you dont notice them, almost at all much when cruising up to speed.
My tran mount was completely in two pieces!! Whiles under there I noticed the front coupling for the tailshaft is really really worn, so thats next. The rear looked to be in gppd nick, but was showing signs of wear, so ill do it as well at the same time.
The steering is so nice and smooth now, really big increase.
I think Ill add some new airbags now to complete the undercarriage work, and then hit the interior.
Ill never sell this car now In love with it, renewing all the rubber components and stress absorbing parts is just remarkeable.
Ian Johnston Goo Roo South Australia UZZ30 GT 4.0, UZZ31, BMW R1150R