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Old 21-03-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hi folk. On front engine rwd mini what steering colum do people use? I have done a search and not really found any answers. Any help would be great thanks
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Old 22-03-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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Some guys have used Ford Escort racks as they have utilised a wishbone set-up from a Lotus 7 type replica (Locost, Westfield). It depends how in-depth the spec is, what engine / chassis set-up the car is based on in theory you could use a variety of racks from the engine chassis donor. This would impact on what column to use. Usually a combination of Mini top end column fixed to whatever bottom end column.
If you take the wiring loom out of the donor there's nothing stopping you using the steering column from the donor modified to fit. MiniWorld Mag might be a good place to look when they have a RWD feature running.
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Old 23-03-2012, 07:18 AM   #3
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Thank you. Is it easy enough to shorten a rack? We have engine box and rear end but never took rack or colum from the car before breaking
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Old 23-03-2012, 03:25 PM   #4
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im not qwestioning what your doing but intrested to no why you have to change the colum? cant picture it,is the rack in the way coz its high,? sory not to answer the qwestion/but im intrested in the problem
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Old 23-03-2012, 04:00 PM   #5
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im not qwestioning what your doing but intrested to no why you have to change the colum? cant picture it,is the rack in the way coz its high,? sory not to answer the qwestion/but im intrested in the problem
The steering rack will most probably be different due the fact that it will be relocated. Big bellhousing, gearbox and propshaft occupying the space that the Mini rack used to be in.
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Old 23-03-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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yes i remember now,,when i was unforchanut to own a mexico,i soon moved onto my minis tho,lol.why would anyone put such problems in the way? please dont get me wrong its ther own choise but makeing problems is best ovioded,im sure i will get stick for it but a mini is fine the way it is.lol ps as i said im not telling peeps wat they should do,,lol. o but i am infact,,
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Look up andy b on this site and you will see a RWD monster of a Mini - andy b's over in suffolk & has a 2Ltr RWD ford power plant in an allspeed frame. A very nice piece of engineering from a senior member.

- and to keep ardonfast happy here's an All speed Vauxhall XE powered front engined rwd Mini. I'm pretty sure All speed can provide this subframe set-up as a kit if you wanted to build this kind of RWD Mini.

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Old 27-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #8
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yer,nice bit,o,kit that is,,i get with the desigher,i love all.its me a bit lazzy,lol i like the engine in the front over wheels cant imagine how a mini would handel with it in the back.one trick poneys,i now minis well inuff to now you would not feel the steering,and while all the sideways action is over your over the finnish line,lol,poss in that configeration it will handel good.but its all that agro and wieght thats the price!!ile be proud of you and anyone that dose this stuff/hats off..but if your faint harted of lazzy like me[old 45]it may end up on e/bay as a unfinnished project for 30% of what its cost, ment nicely and good luck,
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Old 27-03-2012, 09:54 PM   #9
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Gordo1983, I mentioned earlier andy b's car for inspiration if you are looking to carry out a front engine RWD Mini conversion. I have some photo's of his car below with a picture of the steering column you were interested in. I think andy b's car has an escort quick rack connected to a home made column finished off in the car with a final Mini column with shortened column switches.
If you're after a Vauxhall engine conversion I consider Birdman's is as good engine build as it gets for inspiration although it be a transverse installation.
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Old 27-03-2012, 10:28 PM   #10
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That looks awesome. The engine and box i have is 300bhp Nissan 200sx s13and s14 rear axle.

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I'm using mx5 column, rack, suspension, frames, floor, engine
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