Has anyone had experience with a Rack & Pinion kit sold by a German Tuning company ? I don't see how the rack mounts with the pan bulkhead in the way. What am I missing, or is this for a H beam mounted to a tube dune buggy frame?
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I am partway through my R&P installation and will be updating the other thread with photos when I am done. I had to modify the beam to let the rack move farther to the left to align with my steering column. I had to cut away the bracket that holds the pitman arm stops and grind off one of the bumps that locates the steering box clamp. Now the clamp is right up against the grease fitting.
My steering column shaft is already 3" back from stock but I will have to shorten it more. I am hoping I won't have to shorten the tube.
I bought a super beetle steering shaft double u-joint for $70 that I am not going to use. I thought I could cut the joint off one end and then attach the stub of the piece between joints to my steering column shaft. I think it is slightly too big to fit inside.
I am now using a Kia Sedona, 2002 - 2005, u-joint. It seems to have the right diameter and matching number of splines.
To answer Jimmy, the rack attaches to the upper tube of the front beam. The left end attaches with the original steering box clamp in approximately the same location. The right end of the rack bracket attaches where the steering damper formerly attached.
Danny: Do you really want Vince to start posting here again?
question, so the kit from Germany will bolt up to my H beam? Will it clear the pan bulkhead where the H beam attaches? So there are a couple of inches between the rack and top tube of the H beam? The picture from the vendor makes it look like the rack is laying against the top tube. So then the rack actually lays where the steering dampener was?
I am not using the kit from Germany. I am using a similar kit from a guy in Finland. It fits along the top of the top tube. It clears everything other than what I mentioned above about moving it to the left.
The kit from Finland is significantly cheaper than the German one.
I really miss Vince, he always had his opinion on everything(take it or leave it),he is a Nam vet and didnt sugar coat anything...
I'm used to sugar coating, M&M, smarties, nibs there kind of fun
Vince is a sweetheart, and so is Gerd, and Musbjim. Together they are the three amigos. I love all three of them. They have all been to Carlisle, and they are welcome anytime. Although Jim and Ginny are frequent Carlisle attendees, all three are more than welcome!