Andrew Larsen

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My car is wondering on the road and I have a steering wheel vibration at around 45-60 mph.
The steering in general is just terrible.
The passenger side wheel when jacked up has about an inch movement left and right.
The tie rod end appears to be tight.
The steering rack however is moving back and forth about 3/4 of an inch. Im thinking worn out gears?

Considering doing a cobra rack upgrade and here is what I think the process is. Any input is appreciated!

Upgrading to 03/04 cobra rack- 290 dollars
1. CJ pony parts sells an 03/04 cobra rack . Im not sure how to tell if its authentic or not?
http://www.cjponyparts.com/rack-and-pinion-steering-rack-power-steering-cobra-2003-2004/p/RPK25/

2. Maximum Motorsports Steering shaft- 240 dollars
http://www.maximummotorsports.com/S...Power-Steering-Rack-1979-93-Mustang-P461.aspx

3. 1993 Taurus Tie Rod Ends- 40 dollars
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/..._B2kFz7-_rqYuJs_4xHpsaZC9t5qes3So0aAuU98P8HAQ

4. PS fluid 10 dollars

5. Alignment- 100 dollars

Total cost after tax and shipping would be around 700-850 dollars


Another route aka redneck route I was thinking goes something like this.

1. Buy a 100 dollar oem replacement "sporty style" 2.25 turning rack from a part store.
2. Taking my stock steering shaft with the rag joint and making my own solid steering shaft. Buying the ujoint and have my buddy tig weld it. 45 dollars
3. alignment 100 dollars
4. Ps fluid 10 dollars

In the end would be around 300 dollars.

1.Some people are saying the taurus tie rod ends dont work right and you get bad bumpsteer
2.maybe I should do method #2 but also buy a MMS solid steering shaft instead of make my own sketchy one.
3.some people say the cobra rack makes the big difference, others say the solid steering shaft is really what makes the big difference...

If an expert could help me figure out what to do I would appreciate it!
I'm trying to keep budget in mind.

I have a 1992 5.0 notchback Vortech V3 supercharged
 
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Mustang5L5

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It's really your call. The cobra rack is more expensive, but any sn95 rack offers better feel than the fox rack. Really comes down to where you want to invest your $$? Save some money and just replace the worn out stuff, or spend a little more and get an upgrade.

After all, yo have to drive the car, not us.

You could always go 99-04 GT rack to save a few bucks


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stpete

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If it's your rag joint, a new rag joint or steering shaft may fix the play. I replaced mine and it did. My car also had a bad ball joint.
I would eventually like to have different steering valving as the stock has too much boost.