I was investigating some excess play in my front end and made a surprising discovery. One of the pins that hold the tie rod to the axle crank was loose in the bushing.
|German Heinkel Club Pin (top) and Generic Pin (bottom)|
The pin didn’t have any apparent wear, so I decided to measure it up and compare it to a generic pin that I had.
|Heinkel Suspension Pin Measures .38″ (9.5mm)|
The pin was only 9.5mm in diameter, which explained the sloppiness. The generic pin measured .39″. or 9.91mm. It was much closer to the nominal size of 10mm.
|Generic Pin was the Right Size|
I have no idea if the Heinkel Club pin was incorrect from the beginning. At the price (11.34 euros each as I recall) you think they would be perfect; they certainly look great.
I get my pins from Bolt Depot. Here’s a link to the pins, which are also known as “Shoulder Bolts”:
They only cost $1.35 each. Since the German pins are too tall for the connection under the front floor (see my earlier post here), I would suggest using these all around.