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“In this phase you will connect the tie rods and steering rack to the front wheels of your Eleanor Mustang model.”
Tie Rods and Steering Rack
Align the hole at the end of the Center Link (farthest from the central post) over this hole of the Steering Rack, as shown:
Secure the Center Link to the Steering Rack with one (1) DS02 screw, as shown.
Do not over-tighten this screw as these parts should be able to freely pivot at this screw. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Align the hole at the other end of the Center Link to this hole of the Left Tie Rod, as shown:
Secure the Center Link to the Left Tie Rod with one (1) DS02 screw, as shown.
Again, not too tight here as these parts should be able to pivot about the screws:
Steps 44.5 – 44.6
Retrieve your Front Left Wheel assembly we built back in Kit 6. Fit the eyelet at the free end of the Steering Rack over this post of the Left Suspension Knuckle, as shown. Secure the Steering Rack to the Left Suspension Knuckle with one (1) DS04 screw.
If you are not sure which front wheel assembly is which, look for the small ‘L’ or ‘R’ visible on the Brake Caliper. Also, this can be incorrectly installed, so make sure the toothed section of the Steering Rack is closer to the center of the wheel. And remember, the steering parts need to be able to pivot at the screws, so do not over-tighten these connections:
Steps 44.7 – 44.8
Retrieve your Front Right Wheel assembly we built back in Kit 9. Fit the eyelet at the free end of the Left Tie Rod over this post of the Right Suspension Knuckle, as shown. Secure the Left Tie Rod to the Right Suspension Knuckle with one (1) DS04 screw.
I have no idea why this part is called the Left Tie Rod when it connects to the Front Right Wheel assembly:
Here is a view of the entire assembly to better show how this Steering Rack assembly should be attached to both Front Wheels:
Although this kit is complete, I recommend storing this assembly with the wheels flat until it is installed. It has multiple pivot points and could be damaged if mishandled:
This entire front wheel and steering assembly will have more parts added in the next kit and be secured to the Chassis in the following kit. For now, it is quite wobbly and delicate, so keep it safe until then.
Kit 45 – Left/Right Anti-Sway Brackets, Pitman Arm, Steering Gear