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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 24th, 01, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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I recently installed a new Steering gear from AGR that I bought from Summit in addition to finishing off the whole front end with new components.

I love the faster ratio but I have about two inches of play in the steering gear, is this normal?

It's o.k. on the street but freaks me out on the freeway sometimes. Is there something I can do to adjust it or do I have to send it back to be worked over.

I will be contacting Summit and AGR directly but I wanted to know if anyone here had any imput.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 24th, 01, 06:38 PM
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Yep. There's a nut on the front top box with an allen head screw inside it. Loosen the nut a little and tighten the allen head inside it. Don't overdo it or it'll stick.

Also how much was the gear from summit? Does it come with new gaskets etc?
Was it a pain to install?

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 24th, 01, 06:51 PM
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Do the adjusting with the box centered, there is a slightly tight spot there.
If you tighten off center, then on center will stick.
Make sure the rest of the steering linkage is up to snuff.
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I bought the AGR unit from Summit also. The 12:1 was to quick for me. AGR changed the ratio to a variable 16:1 for me at no charge even after I had it for a year !! There should not be any play in it. I was scared of it at 12:1 so I'm sure it's scarey if you have play too !! Call AGR they'll take care of you !

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 01, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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the gear from Summit cost about $320-350.

The whole front end suspension is now new, it was a little bear to install, it took about a day, the hardest part was removing the pitman arm with a gear puller.


I got home late today, so I have not been able to contact AGR or Summit yet, but I did have time to adjust the allen head bolt on top of the case.

It did make a difference, whereas there used to be about two inches of play at the steering wheel and one inch at the gear/shaft point there is now one inch at the wheel and a quarter inch at the gear/shaft.

Took it for a spin and there was a noticeable difference in the sensitivy and response, I am going to drive to work tommorrow and mess with it some more when I get home and get a chance to call AGR.

thanks for the imput.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 01, 05:40 PM
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An inch? Mines all the way tight with Moog pitman, idler, and tie rods. It made a huge difference since I was used to the original worn out ones.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 01, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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The inch... is from ajusting the Sterring gear, where there is still some play, not in the rest of the suspension components.
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