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Old 11-15-2022, 09:11 AM   #1
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Steering rack woes....

So....going back a few years my 97 Formula had a steering rack leak that was diagnosed by the GM dealer (no longer using them). They couldn't source one from GM so they had to go aftermarket with a BBB part 103-0134 (which, according to BBB and Rockauto, is correct when I plug in 97 Firebird 5.7L).

Since the swap I have noticed the steering being a little easier than before. It didn't occur to me till recently that I may have gotten the V6 version as I have noticed the need to turn the wheel a little more since the swap. Also just did the "lock-to-lock" test and got slightly more than 2 1/2 turns.

Had I know this prior I would've eaten the core refund, kept the original rack and have that rebuilt. Is there any place I can get the "faster" steering rack again which fits this car (guessing junkyard at this point), perhaps as a spare as I learned to live with this one for now but would like to restore the original steering feel someday. Thanks!
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I don't think v6 and v8 cars got different racks
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Old 11-15-2022, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old 11-15-2022, 07:51 PM   #4
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That's a nice piece. A lot quicker
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Thanks! Was actually checking this one out the other day (it says "can be retrofit into 93-97 with LS1 steering shaft")
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Thanks! Was actually checking this one out the other day (it says "can be retrofit into 93-97 with LS1 steering shaft")
Ls1 shaft is an easy swap and recommend it over the jank lt1 one lol
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Turn One is another great option
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Old 11-16-2022, 05:35 AM   #8
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Turn One is another great option
Thanks BonzoHansen! I heard about this one, but it seems you supply them with your rack and they rebuild it for you (which would've been great if I kept my old rack, really wish I did)...

I guess I can also check junkyards for one and if I find the correct one, I can send to Turn One to have it rebuilt.
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