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Thread: How many of you have a Rack and Pinion installed and running?

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    That looks great, but I would love to see how you are going to route your steering shaft?

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    I agree with RD.... that almost 90 deg angle for your steering linkage will prove to be an issue I would think... but maybe you will show us something?

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    I don't have any pictures of the first wagon which has been on the road for a couple of years, but I use a double "U" joint and then a longer DD shaft in to the steering column. There is no binding and everything turns smoothly. It is so darn hot here in Southern California I am not going out in the garage until things cool down. Maybe then I will see what kind of picture I can get on my finished wagon.

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    I braved the heat and took this picture. It is the best shot that I could get with all the hydroboost lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asbicca View Post
    I am running Unisteer Rack and Pinion on both of my 55 wagon frames and have had no issues at all.
    I don't have any pictures of the first wagon which has been on the road for a couple of years, but I use a double "U" joint and then a longer DD shaft in to the steering column. There is no binding and everything turns smoothly. It is so darn hot here in Southern California I am not going out in the garage until things cool down. Maybe then I will see what kind of picture I can get on my finished wagon.
    I braved the heat and took this picture. It is the best shot that I could get with all the hydroboost lines.
    That is an interesting setup.

    Sounds like it works fine.

    So no problems out of the Uni-Steer product? I assume it was designed for the 55, Not a generic/universal setup?

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    Last edited by 55Jim; 08-21-2020 at 08:22 PM.

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    Not to say the C4 front steer rack is a better setup, but the steering shaft is a lot easier to line up between the column and the rack. Slight bend at the first joint, and almost a straight shot to the rack. U-joint phasing/angles can be an issue just like a driveshaft. With extreme angles the steering shaft will speed up/slow down as it rotates make the front wheels turn at different rates as the steering wheel moves.
    Here are a good tech article on steering rack geometry, and another on u-joint angles.
    http://www.woodwardsteering.com/PDF/...on%20guide.pdf
    http://www.woodwardsteering.com/PDF/...d%20Shafts.pdf

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    Last edited by 55 Rescue Dog; 08-22-2020 at 05:40 AM.

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    I like the angle of the dangle on RD setup better, I have always thought if you want a rack go C4 otherwise 500 box.

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