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Old 01-02-2003, 05:34 PM   #1  
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In my quest to make my 88 into a competitive CSP car, I removed the AC and PS today and all the lines. I can't believe how much room there is to work now and it looks better just having the two alternator belts on there. I'm going to put in an RB front swaybar and the Energy Suspension complete kit next. I also have a manual steering rack that I need to swap in. I took the sway bar off already and whats left of the PS rack is ready to come out. One question I had is, how do I know the rack is centered when putting it into the intermediate shaft? 1revvin7, I think you did this? Do I have to remove the tie rod ends from the knuckles too or can I just take the rod ends off the actual tie rods and swap it in that way?
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to center the rack all you need to do is go from lock to lock and then halfway back. the steering column doesnt have a lock in it. the tie rods you can do either way, i personally think its easier to remove the tie rod ends, but i have a big hammer



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to center the rack all you need to do is go from lock to lock and then halfway back. the steering column doesnt have a lock in it. the tie rods you can do either way, i personally think its easier to remove the tie rod ends, but i have a big hammer



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apparently the hammer isnt the only thing that's big. :smirk:
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[quote name='j9fd3s' date='Jan 2 2003, 11:41 PM'] to center the rack all you need to do is go from lock to lock and then halfway back. the steering column doesnt have a lock in it. the tie rods you can do either way, i personally think its easier to remove the tie rod ends, but i have a big hammer



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apparently the hammer isnt the only thing that's big. :smirk: [/quote]

thats right



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[quote name='pengaru' date='Jan 2 2003, 03:43 PM'] [quote name='j9fd3s' date='Jan 2 2003, 11:41 PM'] to center the rack all you need to do is go from lock to lock and then halfway back. the steering column doesnt have a lock in it. the tie rods you can do either way, i personally think its easier to remove the tie rod ends, but i have a big hammer



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apparently the hammer isnt the only thing that's big. :smirk: [/quote]

thats right



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can i touch the helmet?
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thanks, I think the bushing kit comes with new tie rod end boots too so I better take them off either way. So the manual steering rack has more turns lock to lock than the power?
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i think it does, but it doesnt matter to get it centered



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yeah, the PS rack is quicker ratio, some people prefer looping the lines on the PS rack for that reason... but it require more muscle in the parking lot. I looped my lines but I don't know the results yet.
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yeah that thing is a bitch. you have to take the tie rods out of the knuckles to to be able to center it. I just did it turn by turn until it looked good by eye, you're gonna have to have an alignment done regardless, to be perfect.
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yeah, the PS rack is quicker ratio, some people prefer looping the lines on the PS rack for that reason... but it require more muscle in the parking lot. I looped my lines but I don't know the results yet.
i have a manual rack and its a little slow and its lighter than my 1st gen, so i'm curious about a converted manual rack



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