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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-14-2002, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Rack and Pinion?

I've been reading into orb valves and cylinders, I can't find one cheap that will steer without power. And I can get one ready to go but it won't steer without power either.

Also everybody writes that it's ilegal to drive without some kind of manual "link". But after looking over my honda pretty good the rack and pinoin is all thats there.

were could I get a heavy enough rack for my little jeep (only 31's)

anybody got any thoughts

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Re: Rack and Pinion?

The rack and pinion is a little gear on a toothed bar. It is a mechanical link.

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Re: Rack and Pinion?

Likely any midsize (maybe fullsize) truck could be a donor.
Problem will be where and how to mount?
Solid axle moves considerable amount.
Rack mounted to frame - axle will not move on same arc or axis as tie-rod link. Will cause steering problems
Rack mounted to axle - How to allow for up, down, front, back, side and twisting movement with steering shaft connection?

Don't mean to say it can not be done... just be sure to get all your gosintas before starting the project.

The OE style Saginaw steering is already engineered, reliable, cheap, easy to find parts and very capable of handling 31" tires... What is it that you are trying to improve anyway? Not flaming - just curious. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Rack and Pinion?

On a recent trip over to visit Elusive, we treked over to the local mudbog. All the "unlimited" class (tube frame, cut Boggers/paddles, & BIGA$$ engine) were running Rack&Pinion. It's more responsive and doesn't use any engine power. Since they have incredible HP & wheel spin, there's no problem turning when under power (stopped is whole different animal!). As to finding something that would hold up to offroad & would turn without moving... [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Rack and Pinion?

Trailsmen,

I guess i didn't look hard enough. I'm stuck in a rock and a hard place. My motors the next thing to rebuild (as it is it's hard to choose to keep it or not) and at the same time I absoulutly hate my steering (pic attach) I do have a box off of an 87 and the shaft and all, even a drop pitman arm that will work well, but if I do all that work and keep the D25 I'll have to do half of it over again if I upgrade the axle.

problem is I don't want to fix things twice and I've paid for my jeep out of my check so I have to spend carefully

clint

ps I don't see that under my honda I'm going to have to crawl I guess!
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