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#1 User is offline   KeithBom 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hi All

I have a 1972 MK1 GTXLR 1600 Special in light emerald green metallic

The restoration is as complete as I want it and the car turns heads!

The only annoyance is steering shake between 45 to around 55 MPH.

I have had so many professionals have a go at balancing the wheels it makes no odds.

any ideas?


#2 User is offline   Paulg 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 03:20 PM

Hi Keith and welcome to the forum.

Steering wheel shimmy at that speed is quite common on Capris. I assume in your rebuild you checked that all bushes and balljoints and the rack were OK. On your track control arms have you fitted polybushes and is the inner one a two piece? Some people have found that the shimmy is cured with a one piece bush.

Other causes could be out of round wheels or tyres, loose wheel bearings or tracking out.

Many years ago I had a MK2 2.0S and the only way I found to get rid of the shimmy was to have the wheels balanced "on the car". This service is not very common and you may have to hunt around for a place that does it but it balances each wheel along with the hub and brake disc but it did work on mine. The only thing is that if you remove the wheel you must make sure that it goes back in exacly the same place with each wheelnut on the same stud or the whole lot will be thrown out again.

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