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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2001, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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Toyota vs. Sidekick Power Steering ??

Anyone want to share their thoughts or experiences with either? I'm running a 1.6, so, which kit has provisions for the micro "V" belt? I already have a dual crank pulley... Thanks!

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Re: Toyota vs. Sidekick Power Steering ??

Crow, I ran both, I switched to toyota so I can run my on-board air set-up. I liked the sidekick P/S better. If I had to choose again, I would pick that one, especially since you already have the micro-V pulley. Dont get me wrong, the toyota P/S is great but you would have to find a micro pulley for it. Also, you were considering a dropped pitman arm, this will not work with these steering boxes, you will have to customize. P/S is one of the best mods you can do. Once done you will wonder how you did without it.

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Re: Toyota vs. Sidekick Power Steering ??

FWIW, I have the Toyota PS (early Petroworks kit) and I wouldn't leave home without it (I have front lockers). Because of the design, I can't run an on-board air compressor with this kit, but I think there are kits available now that will let you run on-board if you want. Also, my "system" leaks PS fluid. It's not much, but it does make a mess under the hood over time, I think of it as my anti-rust system I just top off my reservoir for each trail ride and I'm good to go.

One other thing, because of the PS fluid, my "wrag" joint came apart on the trail so carry a spare. Does anyone know if a urethane (or some other oil resistant material) wrag joint is available???

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Re: Toyota vs. Sidekick Power Steering ??

james why dont you install another universal like the 1 in the steering shaft down there????

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Re: Toyota vs. Sidekick Power Steering ??

Good point Zooky! I suppose I would have to consider the Calmin linkage steering as well. Hmmm...this is getting expensive...LOL!
It sounds like the Sidekick PS would be the least trouble to install for my application......

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Re: Toyota vs. Sidekick Power Steering ??

Crow, mine has the Sidekick system and it turns the 33x12.50s quite easily. Keep in mind that I don't have a front locker though. BTW, this is with the 1.6L as well.

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I am tickled with my Tracker setup. I'm using Calmini's conversion kit, but I wish I had seen Trailtough's adapter first. With Trailtough's adapter, you can also use A/C. I'll be putting a 1600 in my hardtop next week, and I will be changing to Trailtough so I can fit the A/C in. The Calmini kit will then go in the convertible as I have another complete A/C system sitting in storage. By the way, I used your instructions to get the Weber in the other day, and I would have been in trouble without them - Thanks again!

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Re: Toyota vs. Sidekick Power Steering ??

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rThanks for the idea for a second steering shaft universal joint. Has anyone else with Toyota power steering done this???

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