Rack & Pinion by TCP
w/ Optional Tie Rod Kit
Available at the bottom of the order table below
The cure for poor steering... For many classic car enthusiasts, a car that isn't up to today's
handling standards can sometimes taint the joy of ownership. Some owners
are known to comment that they "love everything about their car,
except the way it steers". Our Rack & Pinion Kit is the cure
for the poor steering characteristics of your classic car.
extensive installation experience on this product. If
you have any questions, click here for
Operation... Our Rack & Pinion Kit eliminates the "play" in the
steering system. By using a more direct gearing system than the factory
steering box we have enabled a more efficient transfer of energy. As you
turn the steering wheel the steering shaft turns the pinion gear. The
pinion gear is in direct contact with the rack gear. The center link,
which the inner tie-rods bolt to, is bolted directly into the rack gear.
This simplified gearing system gives the steering a tight, direct feel
that the factory steering box is incapable of.
The factory steering box uses a worm and sector gearing system that
is very susceptible to wear. As the worm gear turns, the contact edges slide
along the surface of the sector gear and consequently wear these
surfaces down. After some use this sliding action creates slack between
the gears which translates into unwanted "play" at the
steering wheel. This "play" creates a delay in the control of
the front wheels.
A pinion and rack gear are less susceptible to wear. As the pinion
gear turns it pushes against the rack gear which reduces the
sliding action. Reduced wear insures increased precision by maintaining
a tight fit. This precision provides immediate control and feedback from
the front wheels.
Quicker Ratio... A quicker ratio means fewer turns of the steering wheel while
maintaining the same turning radius. Our Rack & Pinion requires only
3 turns from lock to lock. The factory steering systems were a slow
responding 4 turns. A more sensitive steering system will get you
pointed in the right direction in less time. You will enjoy quicker
turning response and more confidence in all types of driving situations.
Every component is manufactured from the highest quality materials
available. Billet steel construction of the internal gears, stainless
steel lines, durable rubber boots, grade 8 mounting hardware combined to
give you a reliable and quality steering system.
This kit has been designed for the easiest possible installation.
Whenever possible, factory mounting locations are used and extensive
cutting is avoided. We provide detailed
with photos to make the installation as straightforward as possible. For
those other than textbook installations we have free tech support
available during business hours. Our rack will clear most aftermarket
headers and work with small or big block engines.
Improve the steering characteristics of your
classic automobile! Order today!
Manual Rack Installed
Power Rack Installed
Please Note: Special order, please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
All Rack and Pinion kits below include the installation kits and
hardware necessary to install the steering system into your vehicle. The
associated manual steering tie rods will work with both the manual and power
R&P kits below. If your car originally came with power steering and you have
the power steering tie rods still in the car, it's recommended to get a new
tie rod kit available in the drop downs. The tie rod kits below should also
be considered for increased performance, lowered cars needing a bump steer
kit, or just old and worn. The
Eccentric Eliminator Kits
are included for 1967-70 Mustangs
for increase camber adjustability and minimizing the potential for
movement by the stock lower control arm cam bolt. Optional
TCP Tie Rod Kit with Billet Adjusters in the drop downs. We
also have TCP Hose Kits for a super clean
installation. It's a good time to consider a new
Tilt Column when ordering a rack as the
hook up kit will change.
When ordering a new column with your rack, make sure to order the column
installation kit with NO Ujoints, then select the associated column hook up
kit below. On Power Racks, the original pump is not recommended. We provide
a high performance option to the original pump below. We also have March
serpentine conversions that can be used with a GM style Saginaw pump,
however a small modification to the pump is required to bring down the
pressure. Call or email us for details. Small block cars can use the big
block steering rack for additional clearance for special oil pans, lowering
of the engine and other instances where lowering the rack is advantageous to
Q. How do I know if I have a long or short shaft?
A. The only year in question is 1967. This is a change over year.
1964-1967-early all had long shaft columns. There's nothing between the column
and the steering box as the shaft is integrated with the steering box. It runs all the way
through the column up to the steering wheel without a break. Mid 1967 they switched to a short shaft version that has a
rag joint between the
box and column.
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