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De-powering a Steering Rack?
Sunday, September 12, 2021 8:41 AM
Hi all

I'm wondering if anyone has de-powered their rack and pinion? I found this in an old thread at v6z24.
http://www.flyinmiata.com/tech/depower.php
This sounds interesting to me, since finding a factory manual rack is really tough. Or I should say I've never ran across one in a junk yard. Not sure if they are still available new or reman.
Anyway, if anyone has de-powered a Cavalier rack, how did it go?
I've got a couple extra FE3 racks. I may do one, but opinions from others is welcome.

Re: De-powering a Steering Rack?
Monday, September 20, 2021 3:46 AM
There has never been a manual rack. I ran a looped rack once...it worked but wasn't the greatest. Mike Roofy I think is still running an actual manual rack that he converted.




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Re: De-powering a Steering Rack?
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:21 PM
-MD- Enforcer wrote:

There has never been a manual rack. I ran a looped rack once...it worked but wasn't the greatest. Mike Roofy I think is still running an actual manual rack that he converted.

I'm under the impression that GM did make manual racks for the J-Body cars, at least the 1st and 2nd gen ones. They are in the parts catalog. It's just they are next to impossible to find one.
As for modifying a power rack, I really don't know how well it'll work. I've seen the loop method in videos. They said it still has some drag, since you are moving fluid in the rack. I think gutting it (converting?) would pretty much make it identical to a factory manual rack as far as feel and feedback goes? It will have less rotation than a factory manual rack too, I believe. I'm going on little info though. Just what some have said about it on YouTube videos. None were about J-Body cars, but there have been various cars people have did this to. They say it works very well, from what I've gathered.
I'm still trying to get a hold factory manual one. A new one is probably very unlikely anymore. But a reman might turn up. There are companies rebuilding them. One place will rebuild an existing one sent to them. I don't believe they sell them outright though.

Oh well, I'll probably de-power my worst rack. I've got one I bought a few years ago that has rust on the outer tube. It will be a good one to experiment with.
Maybe a real manual will turn up for me,,, someday.
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