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Discussion in 'Engine Tuning' started by stinky, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. stinky

    stinky New Member

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    I've heard of removing the ac and power steering pump for better horses. But my questions is can I still keep the same rack and pinion or do I need to switch to one that is manual? And what size/how could I run my new size belt? Looking for better mpg.
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    twisted95 FEOA Donator

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    1991 pony car swap manual rack pinion. auto zone has the rack pinion part number 6868 easy to do when have the car to all the stuf at one time braket and pulleys
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    I was wondering if I could remove the pump and keep the original rack by jus connecting the hoses. I've read that someone on here has done that before. But I wasn't sure how the set it up and whatnot. Plus I was wondering if I could just remove my muffler, and gut the catalytic converter? Would that cause any problems? I'm almost positive it's and obd1 car.
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    u can loop the hose on th lines but that realy hard to trun no muffler on escort with stock exhaust going to be loud
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    It wont be that loud cops never pulled me for no muffler, but the no cat + no muf would probly be pretty loud.

    Ive personally see mustang guys just crimp the power steering lines closed and leave some fluid in the rack. I dont know how long the rack will last like that, but the 2 mph steering was pretty easy.
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    Better to just loop the lines than crimp/cap them. The steering rack basically has a hydraulic cylinder inside so if you pinch off or cap the lines air/fluid won't be able to get from one side of the cylinder to the other making steering difficult if not impossible.
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    Thank you guys so much. Im wanting to at least cut off the muffler. I want to just completely remove and replace the exhaust system but I'm short on money and jus in to much joy about making my car sound better. To damn quiet for me. But does anyone know exactly which lines to connect together? I'm not exactly sure. A picture would help greatly if anyone has this mod.
  8. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Its the 2 lines from the pump, up at the rack to wheel linkage. There are 4 lines connecting to the rack, the 2 lines on the driver's side. I don't have a pic but shouldnt be that hard to trace them.
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    Would I need to remove the whole pump itself or could I remove the pulley? I plan on keeping the AC as long as it works good. And I know that I'd have to run a smaller belt but how much smaller? And would I have to reroute it or could I keep the way it's normally routed without and problems.
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    i still have the p/s pump in my car without the pulley. granted it's dead weight but it makes it easier to put the pulley back in when u want to. i didn't notice any difference in power but the steering when the car isn't moving is so much harder. it gives u a work out lol. i am gonna put it back in eventually, then get a 50% UDP when i have the money.

    for the exhaust, gutting the cat will make u loose power, removing the muffler won't do a thing but make it a little louder. what i would do for the exhaust on a budget is to go to the junkyard and get an SPI manifold, cut the flange so u can weld on a 2.25 pipe, stock dodge neon catback exhaust which is 2.25 inches with a couple glasspacks to tone it down some (i got lucky to find a 2.25 catback with a blue streak resonator and a magnaflow muffler from a zx2 at the junkyard for $20), and a universal 2.25 cat from any auto parts store. instead of welding, i might just clamp everything together instead of paying someone to weld which could cost a lot depending on the place/person.

    i've done some work to mine. u can see what it has in my sig.

    HTH
  11. stinky

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    So juggalo: you don't get anymore response/better gas mileage with the power steering delete? I've thought about it but still not sure bec the steering is harder then hell to turn. I've already cut off the muffler and I like how it sounds. Alot! Although I will eventually get around to putting something on it. Another thing I've considered doing is cleaning the o2 sensor. Already cleaned the maf sensor. I have no clue on when the o2 sensor was/if ever replaced. And was wondering if cleaning would be a good idea? And any opinions on how to not snap a bolt on the thermostat housing? Looking to replace that soon. And I'd love to post a pic of my car but haven't figured out how to yet. It's real purdy, and I'd love to see what y'all think
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    have u tried adding more fluid to the full line? if so then u might have a shot steering pump.

    idk if cleaning the O2 sensor will help. i replaced mine about a year ago. if i were u, i'd replace it. it's not pricey.

    i'm sure everyone on here has snapped that bolt to the thermostat housing. it's common with these engines. even i have. just make sure u have the right tools to get the rest of the bolt off the cylinder head and have new bolts ready. i bought 3 new bolts from ace hardware when i was replacing my cylinder head.

    posting a pic is easy too. all u need is [​IMG]
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    Oh my bad. No it's easy to turn. I meant it would be hard if I deleted the power steering.
    My o2 sensor hasn't thrown a code or anything I jus thought cleaning it would be good for it and I might pick up a few mpg.
    On the thermo housing I wanted to be careful to not snap the bolt where it's deep into the hole. I didn't know if the head will snap off or not. If the head just snaps off it won't be that much of a problem. I can just get sum vice grips and get it out of there. But if it snaps more inside where I couldn't get vice grips on it I might be screwed. That's what I was wanting to avoid.
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    maybe u could take a torch to them? i have only tried that on my head bolts after destroying a couple sockets which did work BTW
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    that would be a good idea. ill try that when i get the parts. on the other hand i finally learned how to post pictures ;)

    [​IMG]
  16. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I love your wheels stinky :roll:
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    Thank you. Me and my girlfriend painted them. She took auto body and paint. So she technically painted them. And I helped. Lol
    I posted another link about my car and what I've done to it.
    Here:
    https://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... 547#693547
    I'll post more pics tomorrow.
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    Nice looking 'scort. My opinion; leave the power steering alone and don't butcher your exhaust. I doubt you see much improvement anyway. If you want to take some load off of the engine, consider a 25% or 50% UDP. And don't try to clean the O2 sensor, you'll probably make it worse. Replace it if it's a few years old.
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    How much does one of those under drive pulleys cost? And how hard would it be to install that? And what size belt would I need to run?
  20. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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