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Old 11-17-2005, 11:08 AM
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rack & pinion for g-bodys

i've seen where people take a mustang rack and pinion and replace their steering box,and i've been contemplating doing the same thing wit my cutty but i'm limited in the funds department so i will be checking the local boneyards in my city any help will be greatly appreciated. Also i will be pics showing where i'm at so far with my project so far got a long way to go and hope to be done by july 06
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It seems like that'd be a lot of work. I have to ask why? There's so many steering boxes available for the g body I don't see the point in all the work for a rack and peanut swap. With the g body you can swap in a manual box from a s10 or a quick ratio power box from a camaro.
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thanks for the quick reply

i don't really need the rack and i meant to include that with the last post,but as i re-read it i didn't i meant to put or a quick ratio box from something else that will be better than what i already have which year camaro will work best and what should i be looking for. also again thanks for the quick response
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I don't know too much about quick ratio boxes. It seems people often use a 82-92 camaro (f body) steering box. You'll probably have to use the g body pitman arm though. Apparantly the W56 cars had the quickest ratio.

This site talks about it a bit:
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This site also talks about front suspension and steering upgrades:
suspension and steering

Or try a google search. Lots of info out there.
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preciate the qwick reply i'll keep this in my notes so i can upgrade my steering and will let you know how much of a difference this makes,i've always heard people up grading their steering boxes and wanted to see myself if its worth it again thanks
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Rack swaps can wind up with all sorts of bump steer, take the springs out and mock it up. Check the camber and toe curves before and after, bump steer is ugly, check out what the oval track racers in your area are doing to cure it. Again why, if it's weight put the battery in the boot.
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Interesting topic because I will be swapping a rack onto my 81 camaro front subframe. I don't have much of a choice because I want to narrow the subframe and the steering box will interfer with my fenders (34 pontiac). It looks like a straightforward swap as long as bump steer is taken into account like you say.
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Interesting topic because I will be swapping a rack onto my 81 camaro front subframe. I don't have much of a choice because I want to narrow the subframe and the steering box will interfer with my fenders (34 pontiac). It looks like a straightforward swap as long as bump steer is taken into account like you say.
Which just opens up another can of worms for roll center height, ackerman and a few other problems....
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