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Old 09-25-2008, 11:22 AM
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Looking for a 22 1/2 center to center power rack and pinion

I have narrowed a C4 corvette front suspension 3" to fit a Studebaker Avanti. This is a front steer, power rack and pinion. According to an older TRW rack and pinion book, the Corvette rack and pinion center to center of the inner tie rods is 25 1/2. I am in need of a 22 1/2 center to center, power, front steer rack and pinion. Does anyone know of such an animal?

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Here is a recent thread that may help, a guy is doing something similar to what you did.

rack & pinion width/center pull or std.????

You might try calling Unisteer, Coleman racing or Durex

http://www.durexpowersteering.com/aboutus.html

They have dimensions for their racks availble to them.

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Flaming river makes one that is 19.29 inches to inner tie rod pivot,,,40.5 total width, only problem is it takes heim joint ends which I would not like on a street car,but can be resolved.Might be worth your while cutting one to your specs. Hope this helps.
Thanks Mikey... thats a good article.

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There are some racks available with the tie rod mounting close together at the center. These racks are adaptable for width by bolting on a 1 1/2 x 5/8 thick bar long enough to allow the original tie rod ends to mount into tapered holes drilled into the bar. ANY WIDTH YOU NEED
Several aftermarket companies sell these easily adaptable racks.

I'll try to get the info and post back as to what they originally fit.... seems like they are only about 250 at Auto Zone for a new one.
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88-92 Chevy Cavalier rack is a center take off rack like you describe...

Check out this wiki article that Oldguy829 wrote.

http://www.crankshaftcoalition.com/w...inion_steering

He lists the cars they came on as well, for guys scrounging the junkyards

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I'm really not interested in a center take-off. Would prefer it would look like original, just 3" narrower.

Here is a link to a slideshow of the chassis.

Studebaker Avanti slide show
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