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#1 tommobot

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 02:47 PM

I've already given this a go, was a bit of a fail and its rating quite high on the massive ball bag of a job list!  :9mm:

 

So, armed with a new gaiter I'm planning to put the end in boilding / hot water, stretch it over SLIGHTLY and hopefully slide it on to the end of the steering rack... cable tie around job done.

 

Knowing forewell that this almost certainally won't work, the next best option appears to be to take the 4 bolts off in the footwell and loosen the rack and rotate it slightly to allow just a little bit more space perhaps?

 

Next choice, would be remove 4 bolts and the UJ coming from the steering wheel and remove the damn steering rack?

 

Thoughts, advice appreciated...



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:05 PM

Nothing to add other than when I did mine it was a total ball ache of a job, took ages and a lot of cursing but I did eventually manage to get them on. 



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 06:07 PM

I’ve got this job to do, so thanks for the warning - not!

Where have you sourced the gaiters?

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 06:22 PM

How big is the tear in the gaitor? Is it repairable (in situe) perhaps?



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 06:59 PM

Already ripped it off ... The guide on seloc says it takes 5 minutes, with the hot water trick but I'm not do sure..

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:58 PM

Appear to have got in on..

Time will tell if it's sitting 100%, but a quick left to right of the rack and the gaitor stays where it was.

Tips, try and get two hands in the tunnel.. and for the cable tie attach at least another one to the end of it do you can 'remotely' tighten the cable tie on the inner end.

I got a cheap pair from local motorstore, these were far to small. I had one from Elise parts which actually fitted ...

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#7 Talk-torque

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 05:49 AM

Elise-shop gaiters have slightly larger rack end diameter, to assist with fitting. Might give them a try.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 06:45 AM

Yeah, that's probably the one I had.. tbh it's been sitting around for years, so can't fully remember

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:20 PM

Good pliers to do up the zip tie are a must!




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