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Steering issues (Read 16309 times)
Apr 2nd, 2013 at 3:07pm

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After messing with the power steering again this spring, I have decided to proceed with a rack and pinion set up. I did some research on line and found a couple of them.
My questions are they truly a bolt in system?
Whats the difference between steeriods and the system VBP sells?
Ron
 

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Reply #1 - Apr 2nd, 2013 at 4:06pm

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I had the steeroids system  Yes it really is a bolt on system, after you remove the old hardware.  Everything needed was provided.  I really liked it, but it wouldnt fit around my 1 7/8" headers / sidepipes.

Smiley
 

1977 Burgundy Corvette.  In the middle of a restoration.
Currently, 3.36 gears, VBandP composite monoleafs, KYB shocks, built thm400 trans, 383 stroker engine, custom  headers, bumble bee paint scheme on the suspension.
Currently working on new body.
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Reply #2 - Apr 2nd, 2013 at 5:45pm

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Thanks, read some other comments on different sites that claimed the brackets would flex and the oil pan would get in the way, not sure if they were running an after market pan. I am just getting tired of dealing with the leaks from the original system, replaced all the parts about two or three years ago and I'm starting to see leaking out of the cylinder, again.
ron
 

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Reply #3 - Apr 3rd, 2013 at 4:29am

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The Steeroids from Speed Direct are very good & work well. Takes some getting used too as it's very quick. I went to a 3-1 system vs the 2.5-1 and replaced the ujoint linkage from the steering column to the rack on the 73.  You will have to play with the linkage to get it right sometime, but other than that it's a easy install. You can also go with manual steering. I have this on my 68 & I actually enjoy driving this car over the power steering cars ..you get a much better feel for the road.  On the 67 Dodge I took off the power steering & went to manual & it handles much better Smiley
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Reply #4 - Apr 3rd, 2013 at 8:23am

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I have heard about the flexing issues, but iif it was happening on mine, I was not aware of it.
 

1977 Burgundy Corvette.  In the middle of a restoration.
Currently, 3.36 gears, VBandP composite monoleafs, KYB shocks, built thm400 trans, 383 stroker engine, custom  headers, bumble bee paint scheme on the suspension.
Currently working on new body.
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Reply #5 - Apr 3rd, 2013 at 4:17pm

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Thanks for the information, now all I have to do is make a decision and wait for free shipping. Since my wife is on board the hard part is completed  Grin.

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Reply #6 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 4:20am

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Ron
When your wife is onboard Cheesy the rest of the way is easy Smiley hang on to her Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #7 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 4:28am

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I will, been married 28 years now. At my age I don't have the energy to break in another one  Smiley Smiley .
 

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Reply #8 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 4:39am

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Ron
Congrats on your 28 years Smiley hope you are blessed with many more Cheesy
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Reply #9 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 5:49am
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77vette wrote on Apr 8th, 2013 at 4:28am:
I will, been married 28 years now. At my age I don't have the energy to break in another one  Smiley Smiley .

Congratulations on the 28 years Ron.  Hope you have at least another 28 happy years together.  Really hard to find the one you can "train like you want them". Grin Grin Grin

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Reply #10 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 6:57am

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"Really hard to find the one you can "train like you want them".   

I think you have that backwards Huh

Congrads Ron..I'm getting close to 50 &
I've learned everything very well Roll Eyes
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Reply #11 - Apr 8th, 2013 at 7:41am
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Tell me about it. I'll hit 25 years in June and have been married over half my life. I had good luck rebuilding my stock steering and once I bought new lines, I haven't seen a drip knock on wood. It would be nicer if the steering were a bit more stable so good move on the upgrade.

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Reply #12 - May 22nd, 2013 at 4:49pm

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Well new bushings and ball joints arrived today and the Rack & Pinion should be here in a couple of days. Any advice before I begin this weekend?

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Reply #13 - May 23rd, 2013 at 4:16am

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The bushings & ball joints are pretty standard remove & replace. The rack & pinion is another thing. Pay very close attention on how you set it up. Be very precise & get it aligned by a good alignment shop after the install. The specs are different for R&P. I also saftey wired the bolts on the rack as they tend to work loose & these company's have not addressed the problem correctly. Good luck & keep us posed on your progress Smiley
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Reply #14 - May 23rd, 2013 at 12:05pm
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If you have any engine degreaser, I'd spray the bottom of the car in that area real good and blast it off so it's nice and clean. just makes it lits easier if you aren't covered and grime. I used to never use gloves but started using 6 mil gloves from harbor freight. they are thin enough you can still pick up small parts and are thick enough to last all day. I got 50 pairs for 8 bucks and use them for everything,

Charlie
 
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