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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #15 on: 21 July 2017, 19:12:37 »

Anybody got an old one I can play with
I think I still have the Lemforder I took off TBE last year - I'll root around in the garage tomorrow :y
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #16 on: 21 July 2017, 19:16:19 »

tomorrow
Don't be daft TB, you know its Brakkers beer festival, so no chance of doing anything constructive.
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #17 on: 22 July 2017, 06:47:22 »

Im also interested in the bearing sizes and everything else you made/modified.

Edit: i just checked and they sell premade kits for this swap for old chevys and even my 68 Satellite, probably a wortwhile conversion.
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #18 on: 22 July 2017, 11:27:55 »

Anybody got an old one I can play with
Yes, confirmed, I have the one I took off TBE last year :)
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Re: Modified the steering idler arm
« Reply #19 on: 17 August 2017, 20:23:10 »

Sorry for the delay in replying, I was on holiday with the Omega.

After driving about 5000 Km with this modified idler arm I am still very pleased with it.
Steering is very smooth.

The parts that you need are;
1x washer 36x20x3 mm (stainless steel)
2x SKF 18/20 needle bearing
2x seals 26x18x6 mm
One custom made washer (nut side)

The inside of the tube is about 25,5 mm and need to be 26 mm (outside size of the bearing).
So you need to go to a machinery workshop to fit the bearings and the custom made washer or do it at home or work if you have the proper equipment.

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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #20 on: 17 September 2017, 03:48:47 »

would replacing rubber bush with polyurethane not be a good option?
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #21 on: 17 September 2017, 12:00:52 »

Got Poly bush idler arm on mine all good atm :y

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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #22 on: 17 September 2017, 12:31:28 »

would replacing rubber bush with polyurethane not be a good option?

If there were any, probably.

Got Poly bush idler arm on mine all good atm :y

You bought the last ones. None available anymore.
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #23 on: 17 September 2017, 12:47:25 »

This sounds like a good one for a guide. :y
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #24 on: 22 September 2017, 20:36:16 »

Before I pay 20 for a next to scrap new arm, does anyone have the dimensions of the bush?

I need the length from the inner surface of each flange, total length, o/d and i/d of bush, Going to have a hunt around amongst the general non model specific poly bushes in various catalogues to see if one matches.
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #25 on: 13 April 2018, 08:22:37 »

Got Poly bush idler arm on mine all good atm :y

Are these available somewhere?

I have brand new idler arm installed, and when I jack wheel up and push/pull it from 3 and 9 o'clock I can see idler arm head (point where it attaches to centre tie rod) move up/down about 0,5 cm.
Or should I just modify better bushings from some general PU bushing and fit them to idler arm  ::)
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #26 on: 13 April 2018, 16:38:09 »

This bearing mod would allow me to fit a grease nipple, IMO the only thing missing on my Omega. ::)
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #27 on: 13 April 2018, 18:26:55 »

This bearing mod would allow me to fit a grease nipple, IMO the only thing missing on my Omega. ::)
You miss playing with nipples?
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Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« Reply #28 on: 13 April 2018, 21:59:29 »

Very much. ::)
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