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Old 03-14-2017, 11:49 PM   #76
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Soo.

Grasping the front rotors at the top and bottom (I would have popped the calipers off, but the Volvo design requires opening the hydraulic lines.) there is slight play. Grasping at the front and rear of the rotors, one can see the steering pinion turn almost immediately. Took the dust caps off. (Pads are new / rotors recently turned. Not that it matters.) Pulled the pin from the spindle. By hand, I cannot tighten the nut to the next key way. I can with a wrench. Don't have a inch-pound wrench. Always done them hand tight. Hope that is correct. Reassembled as before.

Onward. Loosened the lower ball joint fasteners. Confirmed that the joints are all the way forward. What's the word on oversizing the holes in the lower control arm for the purpose of more caster? Unsafe? Minimal improvement?

Added 1/2 turn of toe-in to the rack. Front tires from 32 psi to 35 (tires are new).

Finally, we are at 25.5 inches to the wheel openings all around. So, yeah, the tail is a bit high compared to stock, but I didn't want to completely hobble the beast. Probably giving up a smidge of caster here though.

If the rain stops, will run her down the road tomorrow for a look see.

Next step, replace the manual rack (sux anyway) with a looped PS unit (because racecar!). After that, stock springs. Then crush it.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:36 PM   #77
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Interesting. A perceivable change in steering feel. Maybe an improvement. Not monumental. Though it was a rainy / windy drive. Took the highway for several miles. Still not as nice as a Camry with NuFinish, but hey. Ended up at IPD of all places. Being polite I stopped in to visit and ended up walking out with a new set of sport springs. I told them I knew Billy Mays and they gave me a discount. Who knew? Looking to raise the nose an inch or so and looking forward to the firmer ride.

Fun little cars. Always enjoy driving it. Stopped by the IKEA for some lingon berry jam and ended up giving a blonde babe with a nice rack a jump start. Well, OK, it was a pimple-faced dude. I digress.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:48 PM   #78
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Glad you're moving in the right direction. Does it still wander? Glad to see you got more Ikea preserves. Wife was up there a couple weeks ago and got me some more too. I haven't heard any techniques about the lower ball joint thing you mentioned. I think once you get the new springs in and it realigned, it should track better.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:20 PM   #79
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Glad you're moving in the right direction. Does it still wander? Glad to see you got more Ikea preserves. Wife was up there a couple weeks ago and got me some more too. I haven't heard any techniques about the lower ball joint thing you mentioned. I think once you get the new springs in and it realigned, it should track better.
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:26 PM   #82
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Rear springs in.





I'll be honest, I was kind of freaking when I saw the shorter height. I'm very happy to report that the car actually sits 1/8" higher in rear tonight.





Hoping the front gets a mild lift.
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:54 PM   #84
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I didn't read this whole thread because I'm that guy... but when I bought my sedan, it had some odd wander that got way worse on the drive home. It ended up being the steering shaft knuckle thing dropping out bearing rollers. So the wheel had this MASSIVE dead spot and the car would sort of go with however the caster/camber worked best with the pitch of the road.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:24 PM   #85
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Steering shaft running from the steering wheel to the rack?
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:34 PM   #86
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It's called a U joint Carl.
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You beat me to em...I want those blues! But I digress. I must adult, pretty sure the Wife would murder me if I bought springs instead of stuff for the baby.
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Steering shaft running from the steering wheel to the rack?
Yeah. Basically it must've loosened just slightly and every time you'd turn the wheel it was just wrestling itself open a little bit more until the needle bearings started falling out. It kind of felt like the car was on a center rail with a wide gap in the guide.

And correct... the steering u joint. The one located in the engine bay though (I think there's one under the dash as well) that effectively makes it a collapsable steering column.

Be advised, if you live in a salty area... it's a PITA to get off. I used a dremel to pull it off in chunks. But overall not a bad job.
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You beat me to em...I want those blues! But I digress. I must adult, pretty sure the Wife would murder me if I bought springs instead of stuff for the baby.
They're funny that way. Here's my eldest (now 22) with another POS I fixed up (4 BBL intake, cam, shift kit and rear gear!). Steering wandered on the F100 too. I tried to get king pins for the Volvo, and IPD said they were out of stock.



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Yeah. Basically it must've loosened just slightly and every time you'd turn the wheel it was just wrestling itself open a little bit more until the needle bearings started falling out. It kind of felt like the car was on a center rail with a wide gap in the guide.

And correct... the steering u joint. The one located in the engine bay though (I think there's one under the dash as well) that effectively makes it a collapsable steering column.

Be advised, if you live in a salty area... it's a PITA to get off. I used a dremel to pull it off in chunks. But overall not a bad job.
Thx boss.
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Inspected four houses today. Three for water leaks and an abandon place (I think the home owner died) that had gone from "cute" to "drug house from hell" in three months. Seen a few of these, but this one took the cake. Drug paraphernalia everywhere. And just to make your day, children's toys in one room. Really sad. Almost got taken down by the cities finest when I was locking up. Cool dude, but he was not taking any chances and I don't blame him. Spoke with some neighbors, they've got a super pro-active neighborhood watch going now because of this place. I think most of us know somebody that has been affected by drugs. Talk to your kids.
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It's called a U joint Carl.
Remember the "rag joints" on the old GM cars? They actually held up pretty well in my experience.

Pretty excited to tackle this (possibly) last hurdle on the POS. Lots of little stuff to play with when I have the odd hour, but if I can get the steering sorted, it would actually be a decent little driver. And, maybe, reliable. Good times.
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I doubt that this applies to anyone here, but does anybody know the stock height to the front wheel opening?
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Crap...lemme run out and measure.....


Roughly 26.5"-27"

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Crap...lemme run out and measure.....


Roughly 26.5"-27"
Awesome. My "spring-hack" drop has the nose at 25.5". Doesn't seem like much drop for 2.5 coils. Maybe my tires are taller. I may have been optimistic that the IPD stuff would raise her much. Sigh. The firmer rates should be fun the turns though. Hope to have them on this weekend. If time permits, I'll run down to the salvage for a PS rack and column.
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3/4" higher on the front to 26 1/4".
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Maybe its got a negative scrub radius.
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