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Problem fitting CV driveshafts to a Vitesse


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Afternoon all.

Well I thought the job was progressing well, until I went to fit the first Rimmers CV driveshaft onto the car.  Hopefully, you can see in the pic (with my homemade Dexion Spring lifter in place) that the inner coupling end is fouling on the leafspring 'clip', which is stopping me getting it in. It does'nt make any difference which way I angle the coupling, it still fouls on the spring clip. The problem is accentuated by the fact that the CV driveshaft coupling is much deeper than the original UJ flange, which leaves you with very liitle 'wriggle' space. I can't take the spring out, as I'm working in a very narrow garage and the car is hard over to one side to give me working room, so that's the easy option gone !  I also don't see how it would be possible to fit a couple of bits of longer studding to the diff and remove the other studs to allow the spring to rise slightly, as I have to attach a spring lifter to it, to refit the vert link?

My thoughts are to somehow clamp the spring leaves with something strong to hold the leaves in their current posn and temp remove the original 'clip', whilst I wriggle the driveshaft past. There's not enough room to fit a G clamp, unfortunately. How about something like an exhaust clamp, or a large jubilee clip, suitably shaped ? Sensible ideas please ?☹️

Gav

 

 

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Pete, The spring is jacked as high as it will go - any more and it's lifting the car off the stands and the vert link is already disconnected.

Nick , What worries me is that if I loosen the spring clamp nuts, I'll still have to put the spring lifter on to get the height to fit the vert link to the spring eye and the spring will probably  'pop' out of the central locating hole on top of the diff and it could be a right sod to get it located again with the opposite wheel still attached !

Gav

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Well, I bit the bullet and loosened the spring clamp and that gave just enough clearance to fiddle the CV driveshaft into place. The spring went back down ok too. That completes the first side, now I have to repeat it all again for the other side. Working on Rotoflex supension reminds me that it is just a collection of large opposing forces designed to knacker you ! I hope this CV conversion is worth the slog !

Gav

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Only just seen this thread. On my Rotoflex GT6 I had to release the spring from the diff to get the new CV shafts in, so I'm sure you're on the right track now.

It will be worth it, no more knackered rubber doughnuts to replace, even the genuine Metalastic ones don't seem to last more than a few years now. Don't forget to check the hub end float and re-shim if necessary.

Nigel

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Hi Ian,

Yes, one side done. I 've now started the other side. Whilst doing it, I'm also swapping the rear shocks for the new ones - another part that's been sat on the shelf for 3 years! Yesterday it took me the best part of two hours to remove the old shock top mounting bolt .The nut came undone easily and the bolt turned in the bush and the bush turned in the shock eye. But could I get the bolt out of the polybush - no chance ! I couldn't believe that the bolt had 'seized' to the polybush somehow. There's not much room in the spring tunnel to try and push the bolt out of the top shock bracket. So after dousing it in WD40/Plus gas, and going out for a walk to allow my temper level to return to normal, it finally came out after much heaving and hauling on pry bars etc to push it out. The bolt was in good condition, as was the bush, so I'm puzzled why it was such a bugger to get out ! Grrrrr !😠

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