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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 00, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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My 69 has a very leaky manual box. I am thinking of staying with a manual steering setup. Is there any experience with the Flaming River Vega boxes? The weight loss appeals to me. Or am I better off staying stock ( or perhaps a quicker ratio)? My tires are 245/60's. The car sees very minimal city driving and is more of a backroads cruiser.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 00, 07:13 PM
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how many turns lock to lock now?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 00, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Well, with my car on jack stands I got 4 1/4 turns. This is without wheels/tires. Mullins wants about $280 for a rebuilt. The Flaming River site shows my application kit for $499. I have no experience with thier products but the 45 pound weight savings is substantial! Next will be a front drum replacement. I'm leaning towards the Wilwood setup described in the SC 2000 special issue. Thanks for any/all advice.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 00, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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Any thoughts? I have the opportunity to more easily do a steering box change with the fender/inner fender off for replacement and subframe detailing?
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Those weight savings have to be going from a PS setup to a manual. So it will be a lot less for you.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 00, 07:14 PM
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I just bought a manual steering box from a junkyard. Very good condition. Just weighed it, 18 pounds with pitman arm...

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 00, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Good info. I guess the real savings is about 6 pounds. Kind of expensive for that. I have read/heard that there is a quicker ratio available? Perhaps offered on the Z28? True? Would it make the steering effort too heavy?
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