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    Default What's the best steering rack?

    In the Time that I've owned my car, about 6 years, it's gone through 3 steering racks. And the shop just told me my inner tie rods are bad. Thankfully, I've utilized the "limited lifetime warranty" on steering racks from advance auto. So I've only paid for 1 rack, and keep getting re-manufactured units. It's Kinda a pain to keep doing this repair over and over. And the bottom of my car isn't getting any cleaner. My racks always leak out the boots after some time.

    So, who makes the best steering rack for our cars? Best steering ratio? Rack that resists leaking the best?

    Thanks,
    Kyle
    1986 Ford Thunderchicken, 5.0 AOD w/ Shift kit, 352,XXX miles. 1-Family owned. Original engine+trans.
    8.8 Disc Rear w/ 3.73 Posi. CHE Control Arms. '04 Cobra brakes all around. 2000 Cobra R wheels. Tubular front LCA's. MM Steering Shaft. Unlocked Speedo, Lowering springs, Eibach sway bars front and rear. Ram air intake.

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    Are you flushing the system when you replace it?

    http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/...steering+flush

    Another good thread:

    http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/...steering+flush
    Last edited by Aerocoupe; 10-02-2017 at 11:21 AM.

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    +1 on flushing. I installed a Motorcraft reman rack (when was the last time you saw one of those?) over a decade ago and it's still going strong. I did flush the lines before installing it though. Running the 30 year old pump and it's still quiet.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    Also, as far a best rack, it really depends on what your budget and intentions are. A TC or Sport rack is the best our cars came with. If you were to go with an SN95 rack, you would get better steering feel but you would also need to buy an adapter shaft.
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