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Kevin MacBride
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« on: 14 December, 2009, 12:39:27 PM »

As I've never driven an Aurelia apart from my own, I've always put down its heavy steering at parking speeds to its 15" wheels and wider (185) racing tyres.
However I drove a friends B20 (5th series) last week, still on original wheels and Michilin tyres, and was surprised to find it too had heavy steering. It was no way as 'frisky' as my own car, which at a faster pace has excellent steering.
Any ideas ?
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« Reply #1 on: 14 December, 2009, 02:23:41 PM »

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As I've never driven an Aurelia apart from my own, I've always put down its heavy steering at parking speeds to its 15" wheels and wider (185) racing tyres.
However I drove a friends B20 (5th series) last week, still on original wheels and Michilin tyres, and was surprised to find it too had heavy steering. It was no way as 'frisky' as my own car, which at a faster pace has excellent steering.
Any ideas ?

maybe try pull ups to develop upper body strength ? (or buy an aprilia which has lovely light steering...)
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« Reply #2 on: 14 December, 2009, 03:29:20 PM »

Very Funny...Thing is, I've nothing to gauge it against. Wouldn't mind an Aprilia, prices seem to be rising at the moment, unles anyone out there has a cheap 'project'
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« Reply #3 on: 14 December, 2009, 03:35:41 PM »

Very Funny...Thing is, I've nothing to gauge it against. Wouldn't mind an Aprilia, prices seem to be rising at the moment, unles anyone out there has a cheap 'project'
as it happens, erm we have 3 and really dont need 3, so if your interested have a chat with my dad as 2 of them are his but he has said about selling 1, they do need everything doing which obviously reduces their value
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« Reply #4 on: 14 December, 2009, 09:24:40 PM »

You shouldn't to do weight training to drive an Aurelia! - They're all a bit heavy when parking, but once you're moving the steering is just right and one of the nicest aspects of driving an Aurelia - it certainly shouldn't be heavy!
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« Reply #5 on: 15 December, 2009, 08:54:15 AM »


Mine was very sensitive to toe in setting.   

Another thought - the steering also got a LOT lighter when we replaced the rubber with metal heim type joints on the "tracking arm" (the four foot long pole betweenone upright and the other) .  It had a lot of negative camber on it which might have been binding the joints. 

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« Reply #6 on: 15 December, 2009, 05:03:35 PM »

The car belongs to a friend of mine. It could be down to tyre pressures, I haven't had a proper look at it yet. I only drove it for a few miles so more investigation is required.
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« Reply #7 on: 15 December, 2009, 07:32:56 PM »

I would try the obvious first, tyre pressures, oil level in steering box, oil in sliding pillars, grease all the steering joints.
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« Reply #8 on: 16 December, 2009, 08:59:13 AM »


...jack up the front and try it...

...try it on extremes of lock as well as straight ahead...

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« Reply #9 on: 16 December, 2009, 10:34:34 AM »

Tire pressures.... once they are rolling at all, I find them reasonably light.
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