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Terry Dopson

(1 posts)

06/21/2017 12:02PM

Main British Car:

steering problem
Posted by: tdopsonmgb
Date: June 21, 2017 12:23PM

I have a serious steering issue!
I converted my 1966 MGBGT to a ford 2.8 V6 a few years ago.
Due to engine length I needed to move the steering rack 1 1/8 of an inch forward and down
The result is the car now steers like a twitchy go cart
IE will change lanes at speed with almost no steering wheel input!!!!!
Is there someone that has had this issue that can give me some advice

Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(6069 posts)

10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: steering problem
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 21, 2017 02:19PM

Down is relatively easy to deal with. Forward can be trouble, unless you lengthen the steering arms. For now, you can adjust your toe-in to give better centering, that should help some.


Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(900 posts)

02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: steering problem
Posted by: 88v8
Date: June 24, 2017 07:12AM

Moving the rack has consequences. If you search on' bump steer' I'm afraid you will find a lot of threads.


Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4495 posts)

10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: steering problem
Posted by: Moderator
Date: June 24, 2017 12:16PM

Tell us more about your front suspension. Is it entirely stock, or does it have other modifications? How worn is it?

Bump steer and roll steer are two symptoms of the same steering geometry problem. Although relocating your rack may be the main cause of your problem, there may be other aggravating factors you can also or alternatively address. For example, if your front ride height is significantly lower than stock (due to either worn out springs or "lowering" aftermarket springs) you'd probably reduce your bump steer symptom by restoring your MGB's ride height by fitting new/stock springs. Incidentally, at the moment someone is offering unused "dropped spindles" in our classified section. Those are a better way to lower the MGB front suspension.

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