Okay, cheehtae's questions about fixing the slop in the steering got me on my work bench trying to solve it. Heres what I did.
All my slop was on the actual steering arm side of the bellcrank. So thats where I worked on.
I found a plastic shim that was the same inner and outer diameter(5x8mm) as our steering bushings/bearings. I found it where I usually find great fixes for stuff...in my old car parts box.
Anyway, like I said, the shim was the same dimensions at the bearings, but thats no good since all that would do is foul the bearing and cause binding. So I used a body reamer to ream the inner diameter to 6mm
. This makes sure the inner bearing portion is free to spin properly. So now I had a 6x8mm shim. Next, the shim was a little too thick for what I needed, so I used sand paper to thin the thickness of the shim down to .5mm
So now I have a shim thats 6x8x.5mm. Perfect! Now I took the shim and placed it under
the upper bearing on the bellcrank. This raised the bearing up by .5mm and removed ALL
the slop in the steering.
-find a suitable shim(s). It has to be 8mm outer diameter to fit down in the bellcrank, but has to have an inner diameter that is at least 6mm so that the bearing can spin properly. As for the thickness, either sand it down to what you need or find one that fits with the amount of slop your steering has.
-place it under
the upper bearing/bushing to raise it.
-test fit the front upper brace to make sure there is no binding
Like I said before, I did this only on the steering arm side of the bellcrank, but the same process should work on the other arm of the bellcrank if you have too much slop there. From what I saw though, you would need a thinner shim, as there isn't as much/if any, slop on this side of the bellcrank.
I would guess that all our cars will have the same amount of slop, but just to be sure, sand down the shim a little at a time until it gets rid of all the slop without binding.
Now, the only slop(not much at all) is in my ball cups, and I plan to replace those with Tamiya's low friction grey ones soon.
Good luck peoples...