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manual rack for 1.9L

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by silverton, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. silverton

    silverton FEOA Member

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    is there a way to depower the 1.9L steering rack or do a conversion? I am just curious if someone has already done it and how much of a PITA it is...
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    Go to Autozone and you can buy a brand new manual rack for your car for 125 bucks. Good luck finding a pony in the junkyard so you can find the end part of the steering column so you can use it though. That is the problem I am dealing with now. As far as depowering I tried on my GT and I cannot figure it out. Its not the same set up as the Miata Rack. Dont know the difference between the two racks but Autozone lists two different part numbers between LX and GT.
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    You can also re-route the fluid lines back into each other, and remove everything else. This way, you don't have to remove the rack at all. I haven't done it personally, but I've heard it works well.
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    or swap the rack out of an escort pony. all of the pony racks were manual steering.
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    if autozone has the manual rack, shouldn't they have the peice to connect it as well? the redundancy of autozone amazes me
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    They don't stock that part most likely because it's not a piece that really ever needs replaced, that is, it doesn't need maintenance, so most aftermarket companies won't bother manufacturing it.

    While we're on the topic of the manual rack - anyone know whether or not the bushings are the same for manual and power racks? I'm thinking of buying the poly bushing set, but I've heard that the bushings included in it are applicable to the power steering, not the manual rack.
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    would you say its hard to swap with the engine & tranny still in there?
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    if i go to autozone and buy a manual rack-n-pinion would there be anything else i would need?

    would the steering wheel automatically turn 2 times instead of 3 like it should?

    im gonna pull the tranny out so im gonna do that while im in there, its what i really want.
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    DO NOT DO THIS!!! Routing the lines back to itself does not make a manual rack. It makes a malfuntioning power rack. It will get increasingly harder to turn, and at some point, will fail. If it results in an accident, and your insurance company finds that you have done this... your screwed.

    I don't know why people think this is an acceptable alternative to a manual rack. It is not.
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    not all pony's have manual racks. There were a few options for the pony, such as PS, rear defroster, and radio. The junk yard that I frequent has about 10 pony's, and I would say 6-7 of them have power racks.


    BTW, if you swap a manual rack, you will either need to get a pony accessory arm with dummy pulley, make your own dummy pulley, or relocate your alternator, so that the serp belt doesn't lay on top of itself.
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    BTW, if you swap a manual rack, you will either need to get a pony accessory arm with dummy pulley, make your own dummy pulley, or relocate your alternator, so that the serp belt doesn't lay on top of itself.

    thats one thing im really wondering since its so rare to find a pony at a yard to get that idler pulley

    that and doing the aligning on it like it says since i'll be putting one on that was never alligned in the first place. i think i just need to go do it instead of thinkin about it it'd just suck to mess up the steering wheel and do some unexpected of roading

    iv had a pony and turning that vs a power one with out it on is just not the same. soooo not worth it.

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