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Subaru Forrester Power Steering Rack Install

December 21st, 2008 · No Comments

This document shows a set of pictures I took while installing a 1999 Subaru Power Steering Rack into my 1973 Datsun 240Z. The car had already been converted to a 1995 LT1 with a WC T5 transmission and I had kept the original pump from the donor car (Caprice 9C1) so I used it.

The steering has a feel similar to a higher end modern sports car. It’s light but still has reasonable road feel. The Subaru rack I used seems to have a higher ratio than the stock Datsun so the steering is quicker than it was.

I raised the front of the engine 1/2” so the main pulley/dampener would clear the plumbing on the rack. This wasn’t the only solution but it was the cheapest and had the added benefit improving the drive line angles. I didn’t take pictures of the new setback plates but I can get Solid Works drawings if anyone wants them.

This is the cross member I used, it’s from a 280Z. I had to cut an opening to clear the valve body of the rack and modify the mounts to accept the different shape. After making the cuts I welded reinforcements to the bottom and top of the member where the cut was made and also reinforced the mount tower as it also had to be clearance.

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