[ROVERNET - UK] SD1 Steering Rack ?&*%$#@

Glen Wilson rovercar at comcast.net
Thu Sep 21 23:02:15 BST 2006

This car was sold on the U.S. market for maybe 12 or 18 months, right?

And they were shipped with four different steering racks?

I guess the purchasing department was making engineering decisions about 
which parts to use.

The company must have been a model of efficiency at that time...


Kent Kinard wrote:
> Nick and Laurie Hand wrote:
>> Hi Kent , Never tired of hearing from some one whom loves old cars  
>> and is
>> trying to help me. I think I probably do need the parts  manual 
>> scanned ,
>> unless there is a name stamped some where. There are some boots for 
>> sale on
>> UK e-bay, they say they fit all 80 SD1. Could all the boots be the same
>> size? I would be happy to buy your extra set , if you don't need 
>> them, or I
>> could check with the roadster factory as Glen suggested. Thanks 
>> again  Nick
> Hi Nick,
> OK, this took a little work.  It would be good to identify the type of 
> rack in your car, but it may be a moot point, since there appears to 
> be only one type of gaiter available even though the original specs 
> call for different part numbers.
> Burman type rack has only two pipes showing on the front of the rack, 
> the third pipe is short and connects to the top of the rack very near 
> the point where it left the valve.  Part number for the gaiter kit is 
> AAU3355(not available from Rimmers).
> Alford & Adler has three pipes across the front of the rack, two 
> running all the way across and the third connecting to the rack 
> horozontally half way across.  Gaiter rack kit is BAX2189(not 
> available from Rimmers).  This is also appearantly the type of rack 
> fitted to the TR8 (though the TR8 rack is shorter) and Rimmers lists 
> the gaiters (RTC2219-$8.33 each plus shipping) and clips (UKC5533) 
> separately for the TR8 application.  I personally use plastic wire 
> ties to secure the ends of the gaiters.
> I have neither a picture or specs for the AdWest rack, so it must be 
> very rare.
> I don't have a CamGears rack handy, but if I recall correctly it has 
> one pipe that actually goes under a gaiter and the end of the rack 
> opposite the pinion has no provision for bolts and attaches to the 
> crossmember with a separate U bracket.  Does this sound familiar to 
> anybody?  Again, find the appropriate Volvo part if you have this rack.
> I can't find the gaiters I have but believe they are for TR8 Alford & 
> Adler type.  I think you should order the ones from the Roadster 
> Factory and try them or take an old gaiter to a sympathetic parts man 
> and look very perplexed.
> Roverackedly,
> Kent K.

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