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Old 12-01-2004, 12:23 AM   #51
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So to clarify Carnot, what exact parts did you use to do the steering rack swap? Did you use STi tie rod pieces, or ones from a WRX wagon? I need to fix the steering on a '02 wagon and want to do the same thing. The STi rack is only $457 from 1stSubaruParts...

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Old 12-01-2004, 11:31 AM   #52
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Man, I wish we could order the Spec C steering racks from Japan. They have a 13:1 ratio, and the following is a description of the Spec C's steering from the Jan 2005 issue of SCC: "More suprising is the steering. Its gearing is perfectly judged, quick without being nervous, meaieer than either a standard STo or the EVO and with a better balance between immediace and kick-back that the Mitsu manages. Neither, though, is a paragon of feel or feedback."

Now, the last bit is a bit odd, but if the Spec C rack makes the steering of the car feel better than that of an EVO, I'm sold!!

Tim

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Old 12-01-2004, 12:06 PM   #53
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FYI the 04 steering rack is a mere $600 from your local parts place. That's not core swap, that's just the raw part.

The Rev-Lab piece is $2250 if you want a new rack without swap. There is a BIG difference between performance AND price here.
Soo so bad for you guys. Look what us SoCal guys get!

"We've got some revlab 12.5:1 ratio quick racks in stock finally. One of each, GC8 and WRX ... complete and installed with Whiteline steering rack bushings for $1300 with alignment (by Darren at West End Alignment)."

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=633225
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Old 12-01-2004, 12:10 PM   #54
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Soo so bad for you guys. Look what us SoCal guys get!

"We've got some revlab 12.5:1 ratio quick racks in stock finally. One of each, GC8 and WRX ... complete and installed with Whiteline steering rack bushings for $1300 with alignment (by Darren at West End Alignment)."

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=633225
Yup, us SoCal guys are lucky...I'm saving my pennies for that.
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Old 12-02-2004, 04:41 PM   #55
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So to clarify Carnot, what exact parts did you use to do the steering rack swap? Did you use STi tie rod pieces, or ones from a WRX wagon? I need to fix the steering on a '02 wagon and want to do the same thing. The STi rack is only $457 from 1stSubaruParts...

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They used the entire STi rack including the tie rods. I don't think the difference in track between the two is dramatic enough to make a huge difference. There are still plenty of threads on the tie rods to make a proper adjustment. By the way, everything is still working well as far as the steering goes. The rest of the car is a little banged up however.

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Old 12-02-2004, 11:07 PM   #56
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I think the steering rack would be a direct swap- nothing else needed. Just make sure it's from a 04 STi, the 05 has changed and not sure it would fit.

As a side note, the 05 JDM WRX's are now oem w/ the 15:1 rack- maybe the 06 USDM WRX's will see this as well.

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Old 12-03-2004, 12:47 AM   #57
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You need to follow the full alignment procedures in the subie service manual. The steering angle isn't set correctly, I think.
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Old 12-03-2004, 12:24 PM   #58
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Carnot,
you're right - that's a crappy job they did !
Dealership did not bother to mark column coupler to rack properly so that it could be aligned properly again - they got your steering wheel centered by adjusting tie rods! that's the wrong/crappy way to do it ! Go back - show them the differences and how you don't have equal turns from lock to lock and they gotta fix that !
You can probably do it when you get an oil change to minimize your inconvenience - hell talk to the supervisor and get a free oil change for your trouble .... but get the request in soon !

I have the Rev-Lab 12.5:1 in my STi and the Whiteline bushings - all I have to say is
(except for the $1200 it costs)

The car feels awesome - like a whole new car .... the quicker steering is perfect for trackdays, and I've found it not inconvenient at all driving around town ..... I don't drive long distances in te open highway so I can't comment on that - I know some people may like the more relaxed steering for long trips, but I don't find the 13.5:1 ratio bad at all !

I picked up a STi rack from a wreck for $300 (car had less than 1k mi) and had it sent to Revlab by Aerosim Research - they also did the install (props to them for great service!) So now I got the original STi rack as spare.....

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I hereby fire myself.
Re-hire yourself!
you can get the RevLab for $1200 + your core
see my thoughts on that rack - it's awesome !!!

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Old 12-03-2004, 05:05 PM   #59
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Carnot,
you're right - that's a crappy job they did !
Thanks for the concern. That problem was fixed a while ago. My car has much worse problems these days.



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Old 12-03-2004, 05:35 PM   #60
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Oh Man !!!
sorry to SEE that - it alway pains me to see a Suby like that !
May she rest in peace!
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Old 12-03-2004, 08:55 PM   #61
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I see they sell the rack as a "whole", including tie rod ends, etc, but also see they piece meal the parts out as well. You couldn't just get by w/ the valve assembly (that includes the pinion gear) by chance?



Thanks

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Old 12-12-2004, 08:33 PM   #62
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As a side note- the 92-X comes w/ the 15:1 rack as well- I'm sure Saab pricing won't be near as friendly though.

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www.subarugenuineparts.com will ship it to your door in 3 days, anywhere in the 48.
Stupid question, but from this site the rack is only $170.. I would be needing the gear assy yes?
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