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I have a 1992 escort GT and a 1992 mazda protege, and enduro race them both. I want to swap manual racks from my two pony escorts onto them for more power, and was wondering a few things.
1. Will rack itself fit the egt and protege lx?
2. How do you remove the P/S pump from the cars and still run a belt? If it was a escort LX, i would always swap the brackets from the pony's motor onto the lx's motor, but that's a 1.9 sohc, and both the gt and protege lx are 1.8 dohc motors, so i can't do this.
3. Are there any Gt's or any protege lx's that came with manual steering from the factory?

I see a few cars on this site that have this conversion and was wondering how they do this. I don't want to convert my power rack into a manual one, so please don't say just to do it. I know that swapping a manual rack won't make alot more power, but the cars run so close in my class that it's worth the work to do it! oh, and I don't mind taking out the motor to do it!

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I know the escorts can be interchanged with little work if you get the right years. Some years I believe the splines to the rack are different. Also the mount bushing could be different, easy enough to change. As far as the belt, if you run the 1.8L, just remove it, the power steering pump is all that is runs. I have removed by belt because of a bad pressure line for now and still have no issues with the power rack. I just drained the fluid out of the system. I also believe that the gear ratios in the rack itself is different in the manual racks, meaning more turns between locks.
No real clue on the Protege rack setup.
 

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It's basicly the same car, so it would be the same.

And I didn't think that all the belt powers is the p/s! are you sure about that? I never did take a really close look at it, so i don't know for sure, but I thought that belt also powers the alternator. hmmm, I'll have to look into it, i guess.
 
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