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Old 07-15-2018, 02:29 PM
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Custom steering dilemma

I am building a Willys pickup on a Studebaker 2R10 frame with a 2002 Ford Ranger 4 cylinder/ 5speed powertrain.
I am using the Studebaker straight front axle. I want to use the Ranger power rack and pinion steering gear. I have changed the spindles and steering arms to change from rear steer to front steer, and maintain near proper Ackerman. My plan is to mount the r&p to the straight axle. My last hurdle with this is adapting the r&p steering with M14-1.5 threads on the inner tie rod ends to the Studebaker spindle. I have spent a couple hours perusing dimensions on the Moog website, to no avail. I have found two tapered adapters, one for a GM type, and the other for Mustang II, which would allow use of a Heim joint, but not sure either adapter will fit the Stude steering arm though.
Another option I am looking at is to run the OEM Stude tie rod assembly and adding studs with a Heim joint to the rack inner tie rod ends.
Any suggestions from you guys that have experience with adapting oddball things like this?

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a link rod between the steering arms and the rack would only use one side linked to the tie rod. kind of like a unisteer. My son's 36 coupe project we bought had r & p mounted to the axle BUT when you turned left the wheels turned right.
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I have a Stude 5E pickup, it is basically the same running gear. First off, the Stude steering arms will be way too long for a rack and pinion steering. It will take 40 acres to make a U turn. They can be shortened. The best thing to do is match the length of the ranger steering arms. Where the steering shaft connects to the rack you want the steering shaft as close to horizontal as possible even if it takes another U joint to do it. With the shaft horizontal it minimizes the length change in the shaft as the axle moves up and down.

The rack should be mounted to the axle to reduce bump steer, unless you use one end of the rack as a Unisteer type setup, then it can be mounted to the frame. I know it's a bit pricey but with a new frame bracket the Unisteer will work with your axle, and uses an early Ford tie rod end that fits your steering arms.
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