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28
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted July 08, 2002 12:34 PM
I have had my DW-8 for 2 years now and have struggled with the steering. My first 3 DW's were easy to steer and was a one handed job. Now, I need both hands and it takes away some of the confidence when in tight situations. I replaced the steering box this weekend but it did not make a difference. It is not rough or notchy, just feels like too much resistance.

My caster is +1.5 left and +6.5 right. I have a 2-1 quickner, 2 heims in my steering rod and it is mostly in line.

Help

driver27
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted July 08, 2002 03:08 PM
You have got too much caster split combined with using a 2:1 quickner. Try reducing the split to about 3 degrees and see if it helps. Also, check for binds in the steering quickner. It doesnt take much.

autoshop
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted July 08, 2002 03:26 PM
Either there is a bind in the quickener or the shaft to the steering box has a slight bind in it , The quickener has a slotted adjustment make sure the quickener has about 5 degees play in it . The steering shaft I use u-joints all thru the shaft ( at both sides of the quickener and at the steering box. I fought the same problem for three weeks before putting the u-joints in ,and the problem went away.

marty
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted July 08, 2002 04:10 PM
check the offset on your wheels (if they stick out too much this makes the steering heavy).
marty.

28
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted July 08, 2002 05:39 PM
I have tried as little as a 3 degree caster split and still the same problem. I put 3 off's up front and still the same thing. I have two u-joints, one between the quickner and wheel and one between the box and the shaft about one inch from the box. It is almost a straight line from the wheel to the box.

You said the quickner could be in a bind? I took it appart last week and I put it together with very little play. I rotated the cover until it was tight turning the gear then backed it off until it was free. Is that still too tight?

My shaft is a bit bent but it does not it anything. The shaft is hollow nad does flex a bit but I never though that would cause the drag????

Thanks for the help so far, I really want to fix this thing.

CUZZ45
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted July 08, 2002 06:49 PM
28 YOU MIGHT CHECK 2 THINGS FIRST SEE IF YOUR PS FLUID IS FOAMING IF SO CHECK YOUR LINES AND TANK FOR PIN HOLES YOU COULD BE SUCKING AIR . ALSO CHECK WITH YOUR PUMP MFG. AND SEE IF YOUR PULLEY SIZES ARE CORRECT YOU COULD BE UNDER/OR OVER DRIVING YOUR PUMP

rjs
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted July 08, 2002 07:52 PM
Here are two more ideas: You may have too much fluid in the system, it should be about 1/4 in below the pressure inlet on your tank. If that is OK next check to see if you can change the pressure on the worm gear in the steering box by adjusting the allen head ***** in the top of the box,it has a jam nut like a poly lock. Allowing more pressure here works the box easier. Try these and see if they help.

rjs
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted July 08, 2002 07:54 PM
*****= s crew I guess it is a bad word jammin?

28
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted July 08, 2002 08:27 PM
Great, I will try that. My tank is full but no foam. I wonder if I have too much pressure though because when at an idle, it runs like a river in the reservoir? Although, when I rev the engine it does get easier to turn so I guessed it wasn't over powering it. As far as the adjuster on the box, I assume I need to back the ***** out to lessen pressure?

Thanks everyone!!

tls88mod
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted July 08, 2002 10:36 PM
Loosen the three bolts that hold the sector to the frame and then try it. Sometimes the frame horns get twisted a little bit from bumping or crashes. This will cause the steering box to be in a bind and turn hard. If this is the case you might have to put spacer washers between the frame and the box.

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