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Greenstang
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From: its all a fog..
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posted 07-12-2001 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greenstang   Click Here to Email Greenstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Anyone have it?
better yet, anyone close to me have it so I can check it out?
I HATE POWER STEERING

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Marcus
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65coupei6
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From: S.F., CA
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posted 07-12-2001 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you talking about the TCP setup? I know this guy in LA who put one in his stang.
http://www.geocities.com/ricksmol/index.html
His name is Rick, he is a real nice guy. Email him if you have questions on the install.

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Greenstang
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posted 07-12-2001 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greenstang   Click Here to Email Greenstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah Marco, that is the kit I was thinking of, if I can find time I want to wander out to Sac to check it out...
I 'll send Rick some mail and get his opinions

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Marcus
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mellowyellow
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posted 07-12-2001 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marcus, When you drive one, see if the turning circle is diminished! That is a drawback that I've seen mentioned.

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Greenstang
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posted 07-13-2001 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greenstang   Click Here to Email Greenstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I get a chance, I'll be sure to report back on everything

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Marcus
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sigtauenus
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From: Beaufort, SC
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 07-14-2001 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend has the tcp power r&p in his 66 and he loves it. He vintage races the car and loves the fact that he can effortlessly turn the wheel at any speed with his pinky finger and and that there is absolutely no slop in the steering at all.

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joe
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From: Los Angeles
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posted 07-14-2001 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got that sucker in my car and I like it. I've been driving manual since I learned to drive so I'm just used to it. The main thing I like about it is that it's so tight going down the freeway at speed. Before, any little bump had me almost going into other lanes, but I'm sure you can say that about any updated seering. Go to TCP, you can try out their loaded car.

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68Mustang
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posted 07-31-2001 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68Mustang   Click Here to Email 68Mustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody have any idea if the $1100 price tag is going to stick forever or will it come down in the next few months? Tired of the little power steering leaks and the sloppy feel. If I'm gonna bother taking the steering box out I might as well get r&p while I'm at it. Is there another rack that can be made to fit, I'd love to have r&p but not for that kind of investment?

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1968 302 5-spd Fastback, Modified
1965 Coupe
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JAAZZY
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posted 07-31-2001 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the rebuilt stock unit that I coverted from a power steering car to a manual. It feels great but is heavy when you're stopped. There is no play when cruising down the road. Eventually I will probably go rack and pinion as well but you can save a lot of money by just going the route I have.

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mvierow
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From: Bay Area, Ca
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 07-31-2001 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvierow   Click Here to Email mvierow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got mine in the mail about 5 days ago. All I can say is that its the sweetest piece of work I've seen in a long time. Looks like they've redone things recently too, as its no longer necessary to take your old steering shaft and cut it in two, then drill a pin hole to hold the u-joints. The new kit comes with a new steering shaft which has flat flanges to avoid breaking the pin and leaving you out of control. Very nice. The main rack itself looks unchanged.

Damn this is smooth..

Btw, Terry at TCP mentioned a while ago that the components needed for the power rack are interchangable with the manual rack, meaning you can upgrade a manual to power and vise versa without having to spend big bucks.. another great feature.

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68Mustang
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posted 08-01-2001 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68Mustang   Click Here to Email 68Mustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The more I think about it, $1150 for new steering that is 10 times better than what I have now and doesn't require fabrication isn't so bad. It's only money right, the better I make my car the more I will want to drive it so it works out. Mvierow you said you just got yours, how long did you have to wait on it? I got their subframe connectors and it took a good two and a half months.

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1968 302 5-spd Fastback, Modified
1965 Coupe
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mvierow
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posted 08-02-2001 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvierow   Click Here to Email mvierow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
3 weeks to the day. Ordered it from Dark horse performance.

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