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Old 05-25-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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My rack is going out (seals are leaking when turned) and I need a new one. The cheapest I've seen is here for 308.79 with a core of 75.00 included:
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/rafr...028225-2034897

This is for a rebuilt unit, however, from A-1 Cardone. Does anybody know the quality of these rebuilt units?

Anyway, if any of you know of somewhere locally that has them available, please pass that info along to me.

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Old 05-25-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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i havent had much luck either, i have an 04 rack that needs to be rebuilt but cant find anyone to do it locally.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:52 PM   #3
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Anybody use Phoenix Rack and Axle?
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:29 PM   #4
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I bit the bullet and bought a new one from the dealer when mine went out. It hurt.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:05 AM   #5
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I don't know if its the same for every manufacturer, but I would NEVER buy a rebuilt/refurb rack. Almost all of the ones I have put in at work (I work at a caddy dealer) have come back leaking in a minimal amount of time. I have heard the same thing about other manufacturers as well.
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:53 AM   #6
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i think im just going to wait for a qrack to become reasonable enough to get one. 11.5:1 ratio rack ftw
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:50 AM   #7
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I installed a rack that Phoenix Rack and Axle built about a year ago on a 05 sti.No problems so far,bleeding air out of the system was a pita.Make sure you flush it before removing the old one.I had to send the old one on the car for them to rebuild,down time 24 hours.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:02 AM   #8
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I installed a rack that Phoenix Rack and Axle built about a year ago on a 05 sti.No problems so far,bleeding air out of the system was a pita.Make sure you flush it before removing the old one.I had to send the old one on the car for them to rebuild,down time 24 hours.
and idea how much it cost? will they prime it for you before picking it up to make bleeding easier?
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:17 PM   #9
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I installed a rack that Phoenix Rack and Axle built about a year ago on a 05 sti.No problems so far,bleeding air out of the system was a pita.Make sure you flush it before removing the old one.I had to send the old one on the car for them to rebuild,down time 24 hours.
I use Phx Rack & Axle on a regular basis. Never had a problem with their products, I called, about $200 for their rack for the STi.

We have been using them for almost 10years.
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:01 PM   #10
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i think im just going to wait for a qrack to become reasonable enough to get one. 11.5:1 ratio rack ftw

Best idea here. I'm going to try one of those $100 reducer boxes that all the old school guys use on their muscle cars. I can't find much info, but for ~$125 and some fab time, I'll try it out. They come in 2.0:1 and 1.5:1

The 1.5:1 results in a 10.0:1 steering ratio. That should be nice.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-R...Q5fCarQ5fParts

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Brand New Southwest Speed 1 1/2 to 1 Steering Reduction Box (SWS Part #150-2502). These quick steers are used by some of the most successful car builders and racers in the business. Reduction boxes are also known as quick steers, steering quickners, steering reducers, etc.
  • Planetary gear type reducer
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There used to be a company on here that modified Subaru racks to install these, but they went under a while back I think.

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Old 05-26-2010, 04:07 PM   #11
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let me know how that works out ken
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:24 PM   #12
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Will do. Hopefully it won't suck. If it does, I'll sell it and buy a q-rack.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:31 PM   #13
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ASU - what did you end up doing for the rack?

I see Checker has the A1 Cardone 04 STI rack, part#23-2600, but if you check the catalog, it's the same part# as the 04 WRX.
So are they using STI racks? or WRX? My guess would be WRX.

I need a new rack for my '02, and want to upgrade to STI, need an '04.

Does anyone know if there are visual differences between the WRX and STI for '04? I can order one at work and look at it before I buy, but I don't know what I'm looking for.

I know the '05's+ require a different crossmember to go into my '02.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:41 PM   #14
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phs rack and axle work fine they do all my shafts and racks
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:42 PM   #15
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Will do. Hopefully it won't suck. If it does, I'll sell it and buy a q-rack.

where can you buy a q rack from?
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:04 PM   #16
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I'm pretty interested in getting one too Ken. The legacy rack I put in my car is pretttttty slow.
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