I've been getting a few enquires of late asking for solid rack mounts so I have had a quantity made and am now offering them for sale on here.
I also sell them through eBay for £45 including p&p per side and £80 for a pair that will sort the rack fully. If you buy them off me here, I would ask £40 and £72 respectively, delivered.
Below is my eBay sales patter
Due to the steering rack on the Dolomite being rubber mounted at both ends, the steering rack is allowed to 'float'; that is, the rack can both move from side to side and also rotate slightly as the turning of the steering wheel is translated into linear movement.
This undesirable movement results in woolly and vague steering.
By replacing the standard rack mounts with solid ones, this movement can be vastly reduced, if not completely eliminated.
There are a number of types of solid rack mounts on the market: solid two piece mounts similar to the type I am offering here, and a U bolt type.
Both these types generally use pure clamping force on the outer rack tube to control movement and neither do anything specifically to control axial, rotational movement. An additional problem with the U bolt type of clamp is that it is very difficult to fit without having to jack up the engine on the engine mounts, something I was very uncomfortable doing.
The solid rack mounts I have designed have a number of features that help address the issues above. Firstly, these clamps do not rely upon clamp force alone: due to the position of the mounting holes in the subframe, when fitted the clamps actually locate the rack centrally and it is physically stopped from moving from side to side by the welded on tabs on the rack tube (please refer to last of the three images).
Secondly, these tabs on the rack tube have a flat edge to them which orientate the rack on to the subframe - I have designed in a tab on the bottom of the rack mount which sits against these flats which stop the rack from rotating. To my knowledge, no other rack clamp on the market has this feature.
So, to summarise, these clamps eliminate any side to side movement and eliminate rotational movement using a combination of both clamp force and positive location.
They can be fitted either singularly at one end or for complete movement isolation, in pairs and, can be fitted with the rack in situ without the need to mess about and jack the engine up etc!
Each clamp is supplied with fixings and washers and is supplied ready for fitment.
Note, on a RHD car, the nearside clamp needs to be fitted on top of the moveable shim; the offside shim is not removable as it is welded to the subframe. I have no experience of LHD cars but imagine it is the same fixing system for both variants.
Whilst I live in the CW9 area I currently work in the CV6 area and regularly travel between the two locations. I can happily arrange drop off along the route if required.
Any questions, just ask.
As tested and proven on my classic Sprint/Hill Climb car illustrated.