Visit The Dirt Forum for More Information

Author Topic:   Toyota Celica front ends
Xtrem4U
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 144
posted January 09, 2004 06:36 AM  
I run a track where they have a lot of bumpin' & bangin'. If you tap a front tire on a Celica, you break a tie rod or bend a strut. Mostly tie rod problems! Anyone else had this problem? Is there a fix, for this?

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted January 09, 2004 03:11 PM  
we ran a piece of angle iron welded on the strut housing the part where the cartridge is and as far as the tie rods just keep changing them there is no easy fix.

mini-stock43
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted January 09, 2004 07:04 PM  
i like the idea of strengthing the struts up. I have had the bending problem also, along with them pulling out of the bottom of the tube. Would welding a bead around the bottom help?

speeronline
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 102
posted January 09, 2004 08:48 PM  
I was thinking of cutting a 1/8" plate to mount over the top of the strut tower and then integrating it in to the cage. As for Tie rods... Haven't had a problem here... I don't lean on anyone very often. Last season my wife rolled my car sideways end over end twice... so I have had to figure out to get my strut tower straight again! hahaha... The engine broke loose and smashed one of them..

bigcityracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 431
posted January 11, 2004 09:23 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by Xtrem4U:
I run a track where they have a lot of bumpin' & bangin'. If you tap a front tire on a Celica, you break a tie rod or bend a strut. Mostly tie rod problems! Anyone else had this problem? Is there a fix, for this?

I have a Corolla same way. I used a large pcs of pipe 6 inch long. You split the pipe long ways and put the to pcs around the sturt agains the bottom. Weld the seams and weld the bottom. No more bending. I would carry extra tierod ends and ball joint. You need something to break.


CLIFF73
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted January 12, 2004 03:16 PM  
I run a 83 celica welded the tube and welded a braceon the back of the tube.Seems to being doing a the trick haven't bent one in a while.Working on a safty device for the strut mount have ripped a few out not a fun ride.Almost ther ewith wit will work out the kinks and pass it on.

fordsblow
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted January 27, 2004 03:04 AM  
For the top strut mount take a old stock mount and remove the rubber fron the outer piece of steel and then weld it on the bottom of another one so the rubber is sandwiched between. I've never ripped one out in 7 years after doing this.
On my last car we welded a 1/4 plate to the front bars on top of the front strut then removed almost all of the strut tower, we even used a hole saw and drilled what was left of the tower. I would have removed them completely but the rules would not allow it.
To help with the tie rods weld a piece of ange iron on the adjuster.
Ken

speeronline
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 102
posted January 27, 2004 07:22 PM  
I have seen the angle on the adjuster... That looks like a smart idea! I would love to see pic's of under your hood if you have any.

fordsblow
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted January 28, 2004 03:36 AM  
Sorry, I sold that car. I'll see if I can get some pics next time I go over to his shop. What we did was build a tube chassis front end that still had all the stock unibody suspension mounts but the sheetmetal that would have held the car together was severly lightened. All that was left was a skeleton so the tech inspector could see everything was still in the stock location.

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted January 28, 2004 04:07 PM  
hey kenny you guys still going sportsman next year or are you staying with the mods? i 1 upped you on the rollover again the end of agust i went up at fulton over twice and back down on the frame. the 72 and buske passed underneath while i was in the air. did'nt hurt the car that bad although i'm finding i can't take the bumps like i used to.

fordsblow
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted January 29, 2004 02:58 AM  
Don't know what I'm doing yet. I might be driving for someone else next year at Brewerton, so I can save up some money for a new IMCA. You know anyone looking for an IMCA? I'm selling mine minus motor, tranny, gears.
Ken

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted January 29, 2004 03:30 PM  
i'll ask around i'll be at fulton in my purestock next year i'm putting together a 2nd car for the old man to run right now

Back to the Archives