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Old 05-10-2004, 09:53 AM
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Guide Rod Mount Kits installed

Ok, it took a few hours on Sat. but I got the Guide Rod Mount Kits installed on both sides. I left the front end of the guide rod attached, so the hardest part was getting the new mount started in the threaded end of the guide rod. Difficult to hold the mount housing up with the left hand, keep it in perfect position, and turn the mount shaft with a 19mm wrench. The old guide rod mounts were so worn out that there was no real point in trying to get accurate measurements on guide rod length. I just calculated the average length of both rods and set both new ones the same. Plan to get it to a good alignment shop this week. In the mean time, drives fine with no apparent alignment problems.

The big clunks I would hear all the time at low speed are gone. All other bushings in the front look and feel good. Probably would benefit from some new shocks, although it passes the old bounce test well.
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Old 05-10-2004, 10:32 AM
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Re: Guide Rod Mount Kits installed

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In the mean time, drives fine with no apparent alignment problems.
Don't take it for granted that, just because you don't feel anything, the alignment is OK.

My right front wheel got out of alignment and had enough camber to look like it was set up to be a 1/4 mile dirt-tracker. I NEVER noticed a thing wrong in the steering until I walked up to the car from the front and realized that it was out of whack.

By then, it was too late, I'd trashed the tire.
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Old 05-10-2004, 11:33 AM
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Don't take it for granted that, just because you don't feel anything, the alignment is OK.


Agreed 100%, but I must drive 2 or 3 days before I can get it into a shop. Anyway, at least the alignment is consistent now. Before the replacement, these poor front wheels must have been moving back and forth quite a bit. These mounts were sick.
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