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NM Dave
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posted 09-20-2003 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NM Dave   Click Here to Email NM Dave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any adapter out there that will allow me to adapt a power rack steering shaft to a manual rack? I really would like to buy a rebuilt rack for $100 than buy the manual rack kit from Flaming river. I have searched all the local yards for a manual rack car but have not found one.

Thanks in Advance

Dave

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bigblocked85
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posted 09-23-2003 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigblocked85   Click Here to Email bigblocked85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave, If I remember right I think they're the same. I bought a reman rack from Murrays and only had to change the mounting bushings due to a tubular K-member. My shaft was the same though, almost positive. Good luck, Gordon

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Rory McNeil
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posted 09-23-2003 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although you could use the steering shaft from either PS or manual steering, however, the coupler that connects the shaft to the actual rack is different. The splined pinion shaft on a PS rack is larger than a manual unit.

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NM Dave
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posted 09-24-2003 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NM Dave   Click Here to Email NM Dave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would it be possible to put in a Steering U-Joints such as the ones made by flaming river or thier forged adapter flange. I reall y do not need the chrome that the flaming river kit uses.

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TurboGT
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posted 09-24-2003 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TurboGT   Click Here to Email TurboGT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave,

Flaming River makes the part that you're needing. It's a power steering shaft to manual rack flange, part number FR1604. The price is a bit scary, however.

NHRA told me that for Stock Eliminator, we're required to use an OEM rag joint, so the pretty, chrome Flaming River shaft kit wouldn't be legal.

http://www.flamingriver.com/racks2.htm

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capri man
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posted 09-24-2003 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
maybe im missing something here but i just took the pump off of mine. connected the inlet to the outlet on the rack with a short piece of fuel line. works great and is very easy to steer. mine is race only, dont know if you would want to do this on a street car.

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NM Dave
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posted 09-24-2003 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NM Dave   Click Here to Email NM Dave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have done that on other makes of cars that did not have rack setup. I guess I can try that and if I do not like it I can always goto another setup. I did notice that FR did have a adapter that allows the use of the rag joint to thier manual rack.

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