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How to get rid of steering slack?

Old 07-08-2012, 11:13 AM
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Default How to get rid of steering slack?

When adjusting the camber, toe in/out, etc I noticed a good bit of slack or play in the wheels or steering making it seem as if one wheel or the other was no where near even to the other side, even though my measurements are precisely equal on both sides from using calipers. How do I get rid of this annoying slack or play? Or is this something that is there intentionally to help absorb shock or impacts? Car is an lx2...... My first off road.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:40 PM
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Every kit has a bit of play in the steering. It is normal. Maybe some kits have a little more than others, but they all have some. I don't know if the pros have less play in there steering compared to us mortals though.

I don't know why the slack is there, but you're theory sounds about right. Also it only takes a little bit of play between the servo, steering assembly and toe links to create a fairly big amount of play in the front wheels.
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Even the most high $$ rides seem to have a good bit of play, I don't see any real ill affects from it though. Not a huge issue for us mortals, IMO.
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In my experience i have found that little or no play makes a car feel quite twitchy and not very forgiving to the drivers input.

Funny thing is "a little play" feels like a lot, but "a lot of play" is veeeery excessive and you should notice something worn out and will need to be replaced.

Really tight is twitchy, really loose and the car will feel very "wandery" when driving on a clean flat surface.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:30 PM
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Cool, thanks guys!
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