Rack and Pinion in a G body

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  1. tetomas

    tetomas Greasemonkey

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    Anybody put r+p steering in a g body? I am doing an LS1 swap in my 80 camino, my donor car is a 2002 SS camaro, I got the whole car so I started thinking about other parts I could put on my car. There can be some interference between the steering shaft and the drivers side header, so why not re-route the shaft to a different steering gear? Anybody done it? Will it work? Do you think it is a worthwile swap?


    Jimmy
     
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    pontiacgp Rocket Powered Basset Hound

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    It's been done but besides the weight save you end up with other problems. If you want you can get a box that has been lightened and weights 8 lbs less than a stock box. We use it on our sportsman car
     
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    I,ve been checking into it for years now,doesn't seem to be the way to go for our applications. As stated---other problems. The best autocross cars & suppliers seem to just use upgraded steering boxes & components.
     
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    Is there any links to those that have done it? What type of issues are they having?

    I would really like to put a rack in my car also.

    1 weight savings
    2 newer tech
    3 more gear ratios that can be used for tuning

    I just to see what the issue would be with putting a rack on an older car.
     
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    Ok so the only issue I have seen was the ratio of the pinto rack. I can do google searchs just fine. I didn't use the same verbage as you did. I am just wanting to know what the issues that you have seen or been told of. I saw some people liked the s-10 manual box over the TRZ/pinto rack.

    That kit is the TRZ kit just 249 more dollars than what you would pay buying it from TRZ.
     
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    Ok got some more info. The pinto is 3.75 lock to lock and the mustang 2 is 3.25 lock to lock. The foxbody has a power rack that is 2.25 lock to lock which would be worth a swap and you can have a power rack. Just have to fab up a mount for the fox pump and belt size will have to be found that works.
     
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    So no one wants to discuss this or give any info on putting a rack and pinion in these g bodies.
     
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  10. JBreu

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    Why would you want to is the question I guess....I went with the S-10 manual box, freed up some HP and lost some weight...Easy swap and on the cheap to 8)
     
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