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Old 3rd-April-2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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rack and pinion problems HELP!!!

Hey guys i have a 71 bb nova with unisteer rack and pinion steering and I dont like it.The steering radius is really bad , does anyone know anything about this type or problem ???? ANY IDEAS thanks
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Old 3rd-April-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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Im sorry to hear about your issues. I had the same issues and then some on the Unisteer kit for my 67. I pulled the kit out and went my own direction. It was the single worst purchase I ever made for my Nova.

BTW- Unisteer will stand behind their junk if you call them out on their issues.
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OH GREAT Thats good to hear!!!
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I'm just surprised you not complaining about fitting the rack in the car with a BBC. DO you not have enough turning radius? i I have one in my car and didn't really notice it. I only drove it for about 10 miles last year. I switch from a manual box..
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hello bryan installing it was fine no problems but my steering radius is worse than poor i dont know what to do!! monday Im gonna call unisteer last nite i went to one of those cruise nites at a local mc donalds and i decided to leave cause i was embarrassed that it took me two hours and about 300 moves to park my car and my nova is as nice as yours so i feel like a dick any ideas are wellcome thanks for the reply jerry
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I did notice that when I have the manual box in it just about touched the frame with the tire. Now its about an inch away. How many turns from side to side is it. I drove mine today but I really didn't make any parking spots. Also now the tire hits the inner well because the springs are starting to sag..

Just sell thses old cars and buy a mustang/camaro.
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Old 4th-April-2010, 08:05 PM   #7
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bryan I would rather have a nova that wont steer than ANY mustang lol
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From right to left it 2 1/4 turns... I have owned 2 mustangs so far so I wouldn't mind..
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I have a unisteer R&P. I wanted something tight and clean. It's actually to tight and has bump steer. My tuning radius is not great either but I wouldn't say it makes me want to park it. I had a clearance issue during my install and I have a SB. Of course I called them and they said they've never heard of any problems with oil pan clearance.
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The only problem I really had was the BBC headers. I ended upcutting it out and rewelding it with a little notch.. It is tight but don't really notice the bumpsteer or turning.
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can you put a shorter steering arm on the spindle ?
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can you put a shorter steering arm on the spindle ?
They come with shorter steering arms that are already super short. I honestly think they need to source a different rack unit because the brackets fit well, but what do I know?!!!
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I have the Unisteer rack setup (manual not power rack) on my 72 but, its a small block. I did notice a little larger turning radius then the stock setup. But, perfectly withing an acceptable range. I have had it installed now for over a year with no issues. I have never come across any circumstances were the rack and pinion cause any problems at all.
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