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Old 05-07-2018, 10:06 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by splitthebreak View Post
I plan on doing this with my rack since it and the pump are leaking on my 04 STi. Should I replace the outter seals when I do this or since there won't be fluid in it anymore, I shouldn't bother?

I wouldn't recommend it for an STI. The whole thing is very dependent on weight, steering rack, and tire width. The 04 sti rack is 15:1 (I think), so not as quick as the new 13:1 rack, but still doesn't help if you want no PS. Not sure how much your car weighs, but being an sti I'm guessing 3000+?.....and probably 245 tires or wider?

All that would together would probably make it hard to drive at low speeds.

My coupe is very easy to drive. I can pretty much use 1 arm at parking lot speeds....but it weighs 2600~ lbs, 205 tires, and has the 16.5:1 (I think) Impreza rack.
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:07 PM   #52
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Google says the 04 STi is 3200lbs. I wish I could drive one to see as I know just disconnecting the pump would make it way harder to drive than a conversion. And as long as it's not as hard to steer as a 7000lbs Army truck with 18" wide tires with no power steering, I'm probably not gonna think it's that bad. Hahaha.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:23 AM   #53
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I currently have just been running the rack with blown hoses and the pump bypassed on my 05 wrx and it has been this way for almost a year no issues, but a friend mentioned something about the steering knuckle breaking because of all the added force if you were to say hit a hard bump or pot hole or were doing rally cross on a rough surface. Its surprisingly very easy for me to drive it no PS after a year of it, quick lock to lock tight roads are no problem. But anyways, any concerns with the steering knuckle or something breaking without the fluid acting like a "cushion"?
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Old Yesterday, 12:26 AM   #54
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Ok, I am going to resurrect this thread to ask about a potential Option 5: installing a breather. I did this many moons ago on my Civic and wrote up a DIY over on Civicforums. I drove the Civic like that until about 3 or 4 years ago (reinstalled power steering since my eldest was supposed to start driving it). From what I remember of the research I did going into it, the breather reduces the pressure inside the rack to make steering easier (basically compressing air instead of fluid). Did this work fine on the Civic since she's just a light little thing? It would seem that the principle should be the same regardless of vehicle weight, meaning steering with the breather will be easier than just removing the belt. I am pretty sure I still have the fittings and reservoir in a box in the garage, I wonder if they will just fit.
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