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matty1275

Original Poster:

128 posts

34 months

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Sunday 2nd September 2012 quote quote all
basically is it easy?

I presume the steps are something like:-
jack it up,
wheels off,
disconnect track rod ends
disconnect column (does it need removing totally?)
undo U bolts
and out she comes???

or does the subframe need dropping a bit?

any helpful tips much appreciated


cheers
matt

guru_1071

2,551 posts

117 months

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Sunday 2nd September 2012 quote quote all
horrid job!

its easier to remove the full column, as it needs a good tug to get it of the splines.

you have to drop the frame down, so you need to undo the rear mounts and the top mounts (it should tip on the front ones, or loosen them if its solid mounted)

you may find it easier to undo the top engine steady and remove the shockers (if they are lowered height) to get the frame to drop down

the more space you can make, the easier the job is

matty1275

Original Poster:

128 posts

34 months

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Sunday 2nd September 2012 quote quote all
thanks, thought it would get more complicated

will have to support it off the body rather than under the subframe then

DaveGedro

36 posts

28 months

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Wednesday 5th September 2012 quote quote all
Changed the steering rack not too long ago on my mini... it was quite a bad job to have to do so good luck to you. I would also recommend that you have a good look at the splines on the end of the steering column. I changed my steering rack and found that the splines on the column were also worn... Good to get it all done at once. Best of luck.

Dave.

italianjob69

6 posts

68 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
... not the worst job on a mini!!
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guru_1071

2,551 posts

117 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
italianjob69 said:
... not the worst job on a mini!!
thats swopping the front cones with an engine in and discovering that the pins in the top arms have siezed....


that is without a doubt the most horrific job on a mini, it just takes ages

Cooperman

4,033 posts

133 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
Don't forget that the exhaust also gets in the way.

Cooperman

4,033 posts

133 months

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Don't forget that the exhaust also gets in the way.

cone

470 posts

118 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
guru_1071 said:
italianjob69 said:
... not the worst job on a mini!!
thats swopping the front cones with an engine in and discovering that the pins in the top arms have siezed....


that is without a doubt the most horrific job on a mini, it just takes ages
Split cowl rad furious

guru_1071

2,551 posts

117 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
cone said:
Split cowl rad furious
they are just torture, one of the best improvements ever made to a mini was getting rid of the shroud on the inner wing and going over to single piece cowls
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