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Steering rack boot / gaiter replacement issue

Discussion in 'S30 (240Z,260Z,280Z) Suspension,Brakes and Steerin' started by AliK, May 22, 2020 at 11:06 PM.

  1. AliK

    AliK
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    Started the gaitor replacement job that is desperately needed ...

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    My RockAuto supplied Moog gaiter’s mouth measures 46mm. All other options from rock auto are the same size. The bit on the steering rack that it’s supposed to clamp onto is 36mm!! I cannot take that much out of it without it scrunching (deeply technical term right there).

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    Has anyone done this job using the Moog or other Rockauto alternatives and know of a trick to make it fit? Am I missing something obvious?

    If not, does anyone have a correctly sized boot they would like to sell?

    Also, any tips for separating the track rod end? I have ball joint separators but can envisage them destroying the rubber on the track rod end. Or should I just be replacing it even though it’s only done around 8k miles?


    Edit: iirc I think someone once said Pug 206 ones fit well - was it JohnyMD?
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2020 at 11:22 PM
  2. AliK

    AliK
    Z Club Member
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    OK, it looks like there are some options out there, the moog and SKF ones look ideal with a slightly wider mouth on diameter 2.

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    But still need to figure out how to separate the tie rod end joint without killing the rubber
     
  3. RyanT

    RyanT Forum User

    I just used Peugeot 205 gaiters - Perfect fit.
     
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  4. MaximG

    MaximG
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  5. AliK

    AliK
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    Ok chaps, under the car right now and found that once I had squeezed out the grease, my separator tool worked perfectly.

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    But there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that the RockAuto part is going to fit, see below ...

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    For now I’ve secured it on to avoid the rack getting dusty.

    The smaller diameter of the one that came off is 10mm and the larger is 35. It is not an original part but I can’t find anything with those dimensions online.

    The small part of the shaft on the rack is 12mm and the larger part is 36mm.

    The Peugeot 205 ones I can find are 12mm and 40mm am I looking at the wrong model?
     

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