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    Rear wheel toe-in

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    Having graduated from a Lotus Elan Plus2 to a Morris Minor ( well,shell actually - fitted with 2.0 Blacktop Zetec , Type9 gearbox and Escort Mk1/2 back axle and quaife atb diff ).
    My mind was wandering back to the Lotus and it's nice handling...and remembered that the wheels formed a trapezoid...both front and back toed-in...
    and was wondering if...
    Could the back axle be chopped to give a little toe-in...thinking of a thin cut to the front of the tubes..a slight easing with a lump hammer and dab with the welding stick...

    My question is this...the half-shafts would not be running true in the diff by maybe 1-2 degrees , would this be a problem?

    All comments welcome.

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    John

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    Re: Rear wheel toe-in

    if you check it you may find the axle is already toeing in a bit!

    but you cant really compare a morris 1000 with a lotus and expect similar handling whatever you do with the back axle
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    Re: Rear wheel toe-in

    I do realise Lotus/Morris is like chalk and cheese but was told the Escort back axle had no toe ,either in or out?

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    Re: Rear wheel toe-in

    It doesn't - the axle and shafts run square. You are trying to compare 'cart suspension' to independent and adjustable suspension and there isn't any! The former is cheap, rugged and functional and resulted in one of the best handling basis for many forms of use and motorsport whereas the Lotus used motorsport inspired technology in niche market expensive road cars. What you describe has been done to live axles generally to achieve neg. camber not toe and the verdict is out on success or continued reliability - lets just say its not a common modification!

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    Re: Rear wheel toe-in

    OK get it,was just thinking aloud , but the Lotus Elan ( 1960's ) does have toe in both front and rear , and I have enough on my plate at the moment...

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