James T Posted February 13, 2007 Report Share Posted February 13, 2007 Given the age of the design, it's no suprise that the Avanti's steering is a bit less than precise. It can be improved, however, and here are a few things that helped mine significantly: - First, determine the condition of all steering parts. My car is a 58K mile 77 model, and still needed new tie rod ends. These are easily replaced using a tie-rod puller that you can borrow from most parts stores. - Lubricate the front end, paying special attention to the king pins upper joints to be sure new grease comes out of them. I had to lightly hammer on the housings a bit while using the grease gun to get this to occur. - Adjust the steering box. Using the access hole in the body, loosen the lock nut and then use a screwdriver to tighten the adjusting screw to reduce clearance on the sector gear. Back off ~90 degrees and tighten the locknut. You should have the car on jackstands and the steering wheel pointed straight ahead when performing this adjustment. - Replace the steering arms with the ones developed for the 84 model. These are shorter than the stock arms thereby effectively increasing the steering ratio. This may be the biggest improvement of all. The arms cost about $100, and are pretty simple to replace. I had to use a propane torch to heat up the housing and hammer out. Depending on time, rust, damage, etc. it can be more or less difficult. Steering effort increases somewhat, but I personally like it. - Get a quality front-end alignment. You may need to seek out a shop with some old timers, and take the alignment specs with you (available here: http://www.studebaker-info.org/text3/avantiWAS.txt) The net result is less turns of the wheel required to go where you want, noticably less wandering on center, and much improved steering feel. It will never be like a Porsche rack-and-pinion, but it's better. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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