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Old 10-18-2020, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default 05 STi - Removing Power Steering Lines @ Rack

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I'm in the process of trying to install a chase bays power steering line kit. It requires me to remove the hard lines that go into the power steering rack. The motor of the car is still in FYI.

There appear to be some obvious clearance issues when trying to remove the flare nuts. I tried getting to them from in the engine bay but my wrench starts to hit into the driver side cylinder head.

Before I go too crazy and drop the rack, wanted to see if anyone had some tips on getting them off.

Here are the two lines/connections I'm referring to:



I'm thinking my options are to loosen the motor mount and jack the driver side of the engine up a bit, or drop the rack. Any other ideas??
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:13 AM   #2
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I think the best option would be to loosen/lower the rack. Less headache.
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I think the best option would be to loosen/lower the rack. Less headache.
I loosened the bolts for the rack but haven't removed the input shaft at the top yet. Seems like I'd need to do that to get the sort of clearance I'd need.

Bought a set of crow's foot wrenches that should get here today. We'll see if that helps. Hoping to avoid having to disconnect the tie rod from the hub :fingers_crossed:
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You do not need to raise the motor.
You do not need to drop the rack.

You need the correct size wrenches and some patience.

Crows Feet wrenches will help a lot.
Been here before.
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:33 PM   #5
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You do not need to raise the motor.
You do not need to drop the rack.

You need the correct size wrenches and some patience.

Crows Feet wrenches will help a lot.
Been here before.
Thanks brother - great to hear I don't need to seriously mess with stuff LOL. Hoping that the crow's feet wrench will help with the AN fitting that came with this Chase Bays kit.
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Well... Tried using the crows feet wrench but still no dice. Tried getting to it from the front, top, back. Seems like I might just drop the rack to get it over with lol
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Told you it would be less headache. Every time I think I can make something easier i just say screw it and spend a extra hr doing it the hard way. Because driving back and forth to the store, you will end up spending that extra hr anyways.
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While I don't disagree with the above ^^^, I've been in the same boat before, I had no trouble disconnecting & reconnecting the steering rack lines without removing the steering rack itself.

Guess just chalk it up to experience.
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While I don't disagree with the above ^^^, I've been in the same boat before, I had no trouble disconnecting & reconnecting the steering rack lines without removing the steering rack itself.

Guess just chalk it up to experience.
Ok, I managed to get them off without removing the rack entirely. I took the tie rods out of the hubs (maybe not needed) and heavily loosened the rack lol. Managed to find the perfect angle to turn the flare fitting near the engine mount like .... 20* and it was enough for me to work it loose with my hand. Whew, what a pain lol.

This was the headache flare nut (for anyone else that stumbles across this post)



Now it looks like I need to trim the jack pad/plate to get the chase bays 90* to clear it. Thinking of just using a die grinder w/ a carbide bit to start to open up the corner a bit. Anyone trimmed this plate before?
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