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Old 01-13-2006, 03:26 PM
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dumb or dumber pinion help?

i bought a 92-94 rack pinion thinking that well hell i have a 2000 rear axle/diff attached to my rear on my 67 stang...i should be able to attach the pinion in front with some adjustments ...but the mechanic here tells me no way...anyone can give me advice or and i just screwed ???

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Old 01-13-2006, 03:50 PM
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You can't "just bolt it in". There have to be some major mods to do this. I always say that anything can be made to work, it's justa function of time and money. I would not do it, as it is much less time and money to have the old hardware rebuilt. If you want better power steering on your old Stang, then do this: Rebuild your present Power Assist unit, hoses and all. Then get a better pressure check valve. Find one for a disabled driver and it will increase your line pressure so that it makes it easier to steer. I have run into these many times when I worked in Durham, NC next to Duke Hospitol. Good luck.
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Old 01-13-2006, 04:36 PM
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Just bolting it in you are completely changing the entire steering geometry which changes the bump steer, bump camber, and bump caster. Without some pretty intense research, you could really ruin the handling to the point of being dangerous.

Apocalypse aside, you are not screwed. Several others have probably already done this and done the math for you. I suggest hitting a dedicated Mustang Race forum or tech page and seeing if someone else has done it before. It might be as simple as a pressure regulator on the supply line and some new tie rod ends, or it could be as complicated as a complete new font subframe, spindles, springs, shocks, welding, cutting, fabricating, and swearing

But, don't take it lightly. Steering and suspension geometry is a very precise concept and an understanding of how changing things will affect how it behaves on the road. One degree can make the difference between a safe ride and a handful.
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There are plenty of high dollar bolt on racks for your Mustang. Unfortunately, most of them dont give a sideways cr*p about steering geometry.

The only rack I'm aware of that has been made to work properly is a GM J-car (Cavalier) rack, because the tie rods attach near the center. It still needs a lot of custom work to get it right. I believe a guy named Sixto Bernal was engineering one for his Mustang, but I can't seem to find any good links.
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