[Healeys] Steering problem

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Fri Aug 12 08:04:33 MDT 2016

Me too. It was recommended by a reputable vendor. 

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From: goldengt at cal.net 
To: warthodson at aol.com 
Cc: "healeys" <healeys at autox.team.net> 
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:53:01 PM 
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Steering problem 

I used wheel bearing shims. Not a perfect fit, but probably good enough. I don't think I am qualified to comment on the effectiveness, there are too many odd ball things on my car. 
Ken Freese 
65 BJ8 

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From: warthodson at aol.com 
To: healeys at autox.team.net 
Sent: Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:21:30 -0700 (PDT) 
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Steering problem 

I have not tried the roller bearings in the top trunion, so I cannot comment on how effective they are in reducing the overall steering effort required as compared to a correctly set up & lubricated original front suspension. However, simply as a warning to anyone reading this discussion who is not completely familiar with all the issues, I have read that they (trunion roller bearings) may require shimming to obtain the proper clearance (vertical end float) of the kingpin & it is my understanding that this is especially difficult because no shims are available or machining may be required. 
Gary Hodson 
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From: Chris Dimmock austin.healey at gmail.com 

Hi John, 
Thick oil/ Penrite Steering box grease will also make the steering heavier. 
So will under inflated tyres. 
So will an Unlubricated top Trunion phosphor bronze thrust washer, or poorly shimmed. I.e. Too tight. 
So will a smaller steering wheel. 
So will wide tyres. 
So will thick oil in the steering idler box. 
So will too much castor. 
I have wide (6 inch) tyres, heaps of negative camber, and a small steering wheel. 
I run 32 - 34 PSI in the front tyres, 2lb less in the rears. 

Yes - Penrite type steering box grease will make your steering heavier. 
To get it back to "normal", I also run these. 
No commercial interest. 

Try Roller bearing top Trunion bearings. 


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