[TR] TR3A steering help

Dave dave1massey at cs.com
Wed Sep 30 05:43:29 MDT 2015

The front end was completely renewed (except for the steering box) so it is not the tie-rod ends or idler arm.  I hadn't considered steering shaft end-play.  That can be checked without removing the box.  Removing the box is a PITA since it is a one-piece box and the Nose piece has to come off.  I may have to work up a little more anal-retentiveness to start that process.

Thanks for the response.

Dave Massey



-----Original Message-----
From: Randall <TR3driver at ca.rr.com>
To: triumphs <triumphs at autox.team.net>
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2015 9:46 pm
Subject: Re: [TR] TR3A steering help

> Excellent topic.  I have the same issue.  There is an 
> adjustment on the
top of the steering box that is used to 
> adjust out the play but mine is
adjusted full tight and I 
> still have a good inch or two of play.

Which if
you think about it, means the play must be somewhere else.  For example, it
cannot compensate for end play in the steering
shaft, or wear in the rocker
shaft bushing, or even severe wear in the pin.  On my last go-round, I found
that the pin had worked
loose in the rocker shaft, which is another thing that
the adjustment cannot compensate for.  There are also lots of other
like the Silent bloc bushings, tie rod ends and idler arm.

IMO the
adjusting screw is really meant to compensate for manufacturing tolerances, like
slight variations in how the box is
machined.  It is not intended (nor does it
function) to take up wear in the box.  Any attempt to use it to compensate for
wear is
likely to producing binding and internal damage.

Herman van den
Akker used to modify the top covers with the spring, but I believe he quit doing
so long ago.  Not a good
modification anyway, IMO, as the overall effect is to
increase friction and make the steering vague in hard corners.  I've
driven one car with it installed, but the steering was downright
dangerous, IMO.  It reportedly steering much better after going
back to the
stock top cover, and adjusting the box properly.


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