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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 00, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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I have been looking at the rack and pinion
steering conversions from steeroids, for a
67 camaro, does anyone know what model rack
the are using for this kit (I would think this is an over the counter rack, not a special made), it looks to me that if a person knew what rack to start with the rest of the setup would not be hard to build
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 00, 10:08 AM
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Whatever rack is used it better be very strong.
Most all racks are installed ahead of the axle and the cars braking forces are pulling on it.

When you put it behind the axle, it recieves compression forces when braking or if you hit a pothole or curb.
The rack will bend or break if it isn't very strong.

Whatever rack is used the critical point is that the pivot points for the steering links be the same distance apart as the inner tie rod ends on the stock center link.
And they need to be the same height or perhaps 1/2" higher or you will have bump steer problems.

This will place the rack really close to the front of the oil pan kickup.
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David's comment on the location of the racks pivot points is a very critical one and should be totally understood before dropping a dime on this sort of conversion!!! If not correct, you have made your cars suspension worse, just for the ability to say that you have rack and pinion steering.

With the different ratio (and feel) boxes that are available, I'd have to question why bother with the conversion.

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I believe Winston Cup cars still run the iron Saginaw boxes. They find they are more durable. Maybe they have changed since I read that but it makes you think.
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