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Old 07-05-2004, 08:10 AM
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57 chevy rack and pinion

I have read more about these from so many places and shops and want the best one without the hassles and junk. I have driven this wagon daily for 15 years and want to change the blown power assist to new r&p. Do I go with the whole setup or the new unisteer r&p. Who has the best setup for turnkey and I have seen to stay away from fatman. Should I go with the complete unit and get the a arms or is the 57 stock stuff ok with a unisteer. If I were to go with a unit like unisteer am I going to nickel and dime myself with new a arms springs and spend the same money. I already have disc brakes with brackets on stock spindles and am using a chevy pump on the power assist. Your advice would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance because I know from reading in here there is a lot of info from you guys.

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Old 07-05-2004, 07:37 PM
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I saw that Danchuck has one on there website. I used the 605 conversion on the wagon and it has been great.
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Old 07-06-2004, 06:53 AM
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I have looked at the 605 but the 57 has original power assist and I would have to round up all the parts too and I am really looking to r&p but need some advice. I have read on here to stay away from fatman. I am really wanting ifs but want bolt in.
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Old 07-06-2004, 09:23 AM
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This is the one that Danchuk has in their catalog.



http://www.danchuk.com/09_02_rp_ps_conv_kit.html
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Old 07-06-2004, 09:27 AM
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I'll check it out. Have you heard much about dutchman's bolt on unit? I don't know if they have an issue with bumpsteer or not.
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Old 07-06-2004, 07:43 PM
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Well, I made a decision and I jumped into a CCI R&P with new tubular upper and lower arms, new springs, new shocks and all new tie rod ends. I already have the disc brake setup from years back so everything fits together. I don't much about this unit, but haven't heard any negatives so we will see. They guarantee it and that I will like it. This unit is designed for the tri-5 and made by chevy people so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I did get some info back from Dave at Unisteer but it was after I had bought this. They gave me a discount and was a pretty good deal. The chevy is going into the garage in the next couple days and we are going to redo the paint and a little rust on the old girl since we moved here with it 8 years ago. I did a frame up ten years ago and she is ready for new paint after ten years. When theee body is done then I will put on the RandP and will keep you posted on how well the install goes and how it works. They say there is no bumpsteer and it handles nicely. Thanks for all the great advice found here and if anyone has anymore input on this or the CCI unit...let me know...Thanks
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