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Thread: Anybody else DIY Steering Rack Rebuild?

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    Anybody else DIY Steering Rack Rebuild?

    The job is done now, but I have two leftover o-rings. I bought a Gates seal kit, cleaned, disassembled, reassembled my old power steering rack...but in the directions (both included with the kit AND in the 1989 Ford Service manual) show an extra "rack bushing" that is supposed to use an o-ring. Either one on my kids took my bushing and lost it or the SC has a combined end cap / bushing on the right end of the rack.

    I don't remember taking one off FOR SURE and I've found numerous errors in the Ford documentation over the years, so I wouldn't be surprised either way.....just wondering if anyone else encountered this....

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    Matt Haub
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    Here is the post were I depowered a rack. I think i just cut off the piston in your pic. http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthre...19#post1057319
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    Hmm...your 3rd picture looks like there is an o-ring beneath the "piston"....I thought for sure the poston was part of the rack and not removable...

    The parts I have pointed out are different though....sometimes these diagrams suck.

    How does the car feel after gutting the rack, Chris? Drive it with wide tires on the front at all?
    Matt Haub
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    Rack is not on a car. Car is still in a million pieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLOWN38 View Post
    Rack is not on a car. Car is still in a million pieces.
    FIX IT CHRIS

    Are you planning to have a car to race at the Shootout?
    Matt Haub
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    I might drive my 96 SC out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLOWN38 View Post
    I might drive my 96 SC out there.
    96SC....hmmmmmmm

    What's going on here? Swap an SC setup onto an NA motor?
    Matt Haub
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    something like that.
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