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Old 10-05-2008, 01:36 AM   #1
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will this work. my steering rack is going, getting a little sracy but ive got a gd from a bugeye wrx laying around. wondering if this will just bolt up into a gc impreza?
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:52 PM   #2
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i've heard it does...anyone care to confirm?
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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it will bolt up.

But it will not bolt to your GC steering column. Unless you have both GD and GC steering coupler and cut and weld them back together.

I just used a GC steering column and have no problems.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:17 PM   #4
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i also have a GD dash and beam...

So im not sure if a GC steering column will bolt to the GC dash beam. I know it would not have in my MY1995. Not sure in later years.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:35 PM   #5
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:52 PM   #6
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^^ did it works just fine !
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:39 PM   #7
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As did I. Swapping a piece of the linkage >>>> welding the linkage. Easier and safer.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:10 PM   #8
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As did I. Swapping a piece of the linkage >>>> welding the linkage. Easier and safer.
Meh, the way it is designed those u-joints were never meant to be spread then recrimped, and though very unlikly they might fail when messed with. I rewelded mine because its faster and easier than prying apart two u-joints, personally I think either way is fine but welding is faster and less of a PITA. And unless you've never welded in your life theres no way that low stress area will see weld breakage.
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:02 PM   #9
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Hi, I'm looking to swap 05 USDM sti steering rack into my 99 2.5 RS. Does anyone know if that will fit?
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:04 PM   #10
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No, your car will implode
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:08 PM   #11
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No, your car will implode
Can you please explain what do you mean by that?
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The STI steering rack is much beefier than the RS steering rack. When you hit bumps, that extra energy is transferred to your steering column. Due to the use of a collapsable steering column in order for Subaru to attain higher crash test ratings, the steering column will much more readily collapse with the extra energy transferred to it via the STI steering rack. Once this happens, your steering column collapses and your steering wheel falls into the engine bay. This will then destroy your crossmember (once again, extra shock load) and will cause your engine to literally drop. It is being held on by the pitch stop mount, the intake and the various bits of wiring going to the engine. Once you remove those, the engine falls to the ground.

Now, with the crossmember destroyed, the structural integrity of the chassis becomes questionable and it has a tendency to collapse inward since there is not enough support from the middle of the vehicle. Over time, the actual frame of the car behind the engine bay starts to warp and twist inside. Once the steel becomes weak enough, it falls apart, where everything collapses inward, thus completing the implosion.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:03 PM   #13
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Thanks for explanation. That sounds pretty scarry.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:50 PM   #14
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You're welcome.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:34 AM   #15
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thats mean
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:44 PM   #16
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As did I. Swapping a piece of the linkage >>>> welding the linkage. Easier and safer.
no welding necessary
just split the joint & press em back together like in the link u could weld but not really necessary
took a ttl of 15 min to complete just regrease the joint
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The STI steering rack is much beefier than the RS steering rack. When you hit bumps, that extra energy is transferred to your steering column. Due to the use of a collapsable steering column in order for Subaru to attain higher crash test ratings, the steering column will much more readily collapse with the extra energy transferred to it via the STI steering rack. Once this happens, your steering column collapses and your steering wheel falls into the engine bay. This will then destroy your crossmember (once again, extra shock load) and will cause your engine to literally drop. It is being held on by the pitch stop mount, the intake and the various bits of wiring going to the engine. Once you remove those, the engine falls to the ground.

Now, with the crossmember destroyed, the structural integrity of the chassis becomes questionable and it has a tendency to collapse inward since there is not enough support from the middle of the vehicle. Over time, the actual frame of the car behind the engine bay starts to warp and twist inside. Once the steel becomes weak enough, it falls apart, where everything collapses inward, thus completing the implosion.
extremely detailed , has this happened to u ?
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:26 PM   #18
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no welding necessary
just split the joint & press em back together like in the link u could weld but not really necessary
took a ttl of 15 min to complete just regrease the joint
That's what I said. Other people were saying to weld it, I disagreed and said it's easier to just swap that one piece (like we both did).

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extremely detailed , has this happened to u ?
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:52 AM   #19
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Glad my method is working out for you! I still haven't had a chance to drive my car yet
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:37 AM   #20
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Get the GD colum with the rack. That's what I'm doing after talking it over with my best parts and info swap source.
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:53 PM   #21
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The STI steering rack is much beefier than the RS steering rack. When you hit bumps, that extra energy is transferred to your steering column. Due to the use of a collapsable steering column in order for Subaru to attain higher crash test ratings, the steering column will much more readily collapse with the extra energy transferred to it via the STI steering rack. Once this happens, your steering column collapses and your steering wheel falls into the engine bay. This will then destroy your crossmember (once again, extra shock load) and will cause your engine to literally drop. It is being held on by the pitch stop mount, the intake and the various bits of wiring going to the engine. Once you remove those, the engine falls to the ground.

Now, with the crossmember destroyed, the structural integrity of the chassis becomes questionable and it has a tendency to collapse inward since there is not enough support from the middle of the vehicle. Over time, the actual frame of the car behind the engine bay starts to warp and twist inside. Once the steel becomes weak enough, it falls apart, where everything collapses inward, thus completing the implosion.
Haha I honestly laughed out loud, good job.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:17 PM   #22
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is sti steering rack better? i'm thinking of getting sti donor, swap the rack, column(imobolizer ), i already have turbo x member ej20g ftl......
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:15 AM   #23
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Yes, the STi rack has a faster ratio (15:1) than the WRX rack (16.5:1).

You won't need to swap the column if you modify your steering linkage as above.
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