Steering Bellow/Gaiter replacement

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Steering Bellow/Gaiter replacement

Postby Fredjohn » Sat 06.05.2017, 19:10

I have a split bellow(gaiter) and need to replace it. As the kit comes as a pair, I will end up doing both sides.

However, SJ's show 2 kits one at £45+(early), the other at £8+(late).

When does the early switch to late :?: :?: :?:

Mine is a UK SE first registered in March 1992.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Steering Bellow/Gaiter replacement

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 06.05.2017, 20:01

In the Lotus Parts Manual that we can all access - Early cars 52mm diam, later cars 46mm ...

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Not too challenging was it? ... now you just need to measure what you've got .. :lol:

I'd only do the one that's split... if it ain't broke, don't fix it !
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Re: Steering Bellow/Gaiter replacement

Postby Fredjohn » Tue 16.05.2017, 12:51

Thanks Phil, most helpful! I had already checked the parts catalogue and realised there are 2 different sizes.

My problem was how to measure it as access is inevitably crap and without putting the car off the road for too long. In the end I noticed that the bellows were secured with cable ties not jubilee clips. So I cut them off, slid the gaiter towards the tie rod and managed to get a tape measure on it. The ID was 46mm, OD 54mm, so I now know I need the 46mm later type, which are the cheaper set. Result :D :D :D

Refitted the gaiter with new cable ties, job part 1 done. Very awkward though, but easier than changing the cam-belt, which I did 4 years ago.

Ordered and on their way from SJs. Once fitted I'll get the car re-tracked, may even get 4 wheel alignment done if the local people are competent enough!!
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