Steeroids rack and pinion steering conversion kits utilize remanufactured rack and pinion units. All of these racks are sand blasted and repainted, have new boots, seals and internal parts and then bench tested to make sure everything is working like new. Rack units do not have many wearable parts – and all parts that are wearable are replaced with new parts so that you can be sure you will have a rack that works. Though these racks may have some external blemishes, you can rest assured that the internals are new and bench tested before they ship out.
We opted to go with refurbished rack and pinion units for several reasons, but mainly because:
A) the cost is kept down to an affordable amount. With new, custom racks the cost of the kit would increase significantly.
B) Using remanufactured racks we know they are proven (GM sold literally hundreds of thousands of them) so they are reliable and they will have replacement parts available down the road should you need them.
C) The racks that we require are not available new, only refurbished.
Colors and finishes may vary as we use different rack suppliers.
Turning Radius: With SOME of the Steeroids rack and pinion kits, there is a slight loss in turning radius from the stock, but most of our customers have told us it is an insignificant amount. Navigating parking spots is not a problem with our kit. You can expect to gain about 6 feet when measuring the full diameter.
Running Power Kits Manually
We do not recommend running the power racks manually. You can do it to move it around a shop, but we do not recommend driving them this way. There is a chance residual fluid can remain inside of the rack and clog the valves causing what is called a pressure lock, where the steering wheel locks up under quick rotations of the steering wheel.
We do not recommend synthetic fluid in the rack unit until the break-in period is over, usually around 1000 miles.