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Am I the only one that hates that loose play in the steering wheel and the feeling that you need to turn the steering wheel about 180 degrees just to turn the car a little bit? This is the solution for you: Quaife steering rack and pinion, it reduces the LTL from 4.0 to 3.25. This should help on the road or autocross course as well.
The following is my experience with the install:
Ok, first off, I definitely recommend that you do this when your bay is empty, like so:
The first thing you will need to do is jack up the front of the car, remove the wheels and pop out the tie rod ends, like so (tie rod ends removed)
Now you need to remove the steering rack. It has 4 bolts that attach it to the subframe, 2 on left, and 2 on right (in this pic, the steering rack has already been removed, but you can see the holes):
Right (driver) side:
Now, go inside the car and pull the carpet back to expose where the steering column meets the rack:
There is a 10mm bolt that needs to be removed (already done in pic):
You can see the threaded hole in this pic (bad pic):
Now you can remove the entire rack from the car and it'll look like this. (I don't know where my shoes went in this pic)
Slide the cover off:
Unscrew that bolt:
Once bolt is undone, you'll find a spring revealed and some other parts:
Ok, from this angle, there is a seal (not shown) that you need to gently pry out. Careful, it might tear and you'll have to get a new one. I tore mine.
After you remove that seal, you'll see this circular clip that needs to be removed:
Ok, so now you're actually at this step:
Now what you do is hold the pinion rod with your hand and hammer the rack to pull out the pinion and bearing:
Once it's out, it'll look like this (the bearing is pressed on it, and there is a clip in the middle right above the bearing that fits into a groove on the actual pinion, I'll need to order a new clip because i can't get that one off:
So the pinion is removed, now it's time to remove the rack. First start by undoing those clips that hold the boots on each side in place. You'll need to pry them up with a flathead or something. Don't ruin them, they will be reused:
Once the clip is removed, slide the boot off and the rack will follow:
You'll then need unbolt the rack from the inner side of the tie rods. You'll need a damn big wrench. It'll look like this when done:
The other side is the same:
Now take the new rack and slide it in the rack casing and bolt each tie rod end back to it.
It's now time to put the pinion in place. First press the new bearing on the pinion just like the stock one. Press the bearing all the way down to where the groove in the pinion is revealed. Remember that's for the clip to go to hold the bearing in place. That clip is in place in this pic:
Here's the box the bearing came in
Now slide the pinion with bearing back in place, it might need a little tapping, place the circular clip in, then put the seal on top of that, then put the cover thing back on it and you're all done! Just bolt the rack back in place.
Here's a pic of the old rack and pinion, they make good weapons:
I haven't actually tested this setup yet because I don't have the engine in yet, but I'll definitely report back once the car is drivable.
Hope this helps everyone.
Modified by litterbox at 8:09 AM 8/29/2005