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This is a center-take-off rack and pinion. In the picture on the right, the right end of the rack is linked to the right and left tie rods. The tie rods can be set longer to alleviate changes with respect to wheel stroke.
The backlash of the pinion and rack was adjusted by rotating the eccentric pinion sleeve.
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Storage location:SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION (300 Takatsuka-cho, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 432-8611)
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Year manufactured:1955
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Manufacturer:Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production part
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Current status:Operational
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Familiar name:Rack and pinion steering device
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Company name:Suzuki Motor Corporation
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Location:Exhibition hall in Suzuki headquarters
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Installation vehicle:Suzulight
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Year of manufacture:1955
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Designed by:Seiichi Inagawa
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Structure, type, means, method, etc.:This steering system consists of a rack and pinion. It is a center-take-off rack and pinion that connects with the right and left tie rods at the rack end, unlike the usual structures of the time.
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Function, effect, etc.:The rotation of the steering wheel was converted to linear rack motion using the pinion and rack to steer the tires.
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Technical overview:This system enabled a more direct operation feeling with less free movement.
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Points of interest, topicality:The original Suzulight was Japan's first front-engine front-wheel-drive vehicle with 4-wheel independent suspension. It also had Japan's first rack and pinion gear for the steering gear, giving it outstanding operability for the time. The rack and pinion used for the vehicle was a cantilever type, which connects the right and left rods at one end of the rack. This made it difficult to prevent looseness.
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Features:Center-take-off rack and pinion
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