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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Steering Idler - repro with roller bearings

I'm ordering a few parts to address some things I neglected during my rebuilt. Can't say I paid the idler any attention whatsoever. Debating a rebuild (
But also see a roller bearing alternate on offer which seems to take up less space. Any intel here? Frankly can not tell what other problems may lurk in an old idler but if they mimic those latent in rebuilding a burman... I'm tempted by the repro.

https://classicalfa.com/su080-steeri...er-repair-kit/

https://classicalfa.com/su079-1-lhd-...ller-bearings/

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CA clarifies below. Is the pin an item that is commonly pitted or not practical to reuse?

The repair kit will definitely need welding if you use the new pin, some people reuse the old pin and just use the new bushes.

The roller bearing kit doesn’t come with a new arm so you need to reuse the old pin and arm.

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How is your arm, typically if your bushings are worn out so is the shaft. If your arm is ok and you can choose euther option . Good luck
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The shaft rides in plain bushings. When they wear (very common) you get play in the steering.

The two options are to either replace the bushings in your current idler, or replace the whole idler with one with roller bearings. The shaft will usually clean up okay but if it's really pitted it'll need replacement, which requires a good welder.

Some more info here: https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spi...-bushings.html

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