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rack and pinion
Ricky03 Offline
Senior Member
I have a about 3/8" in and out play on both sides of the rack and pinion. When I lift the wheels off the ground and move them in and out there is this play. Is it normal or time to replace the rack. There is some play in the steering and I'm moving the wheel back and fourth. It just started happening all the sudden. Everything else seems tight. Can the play be adjusted out or replace?
88TC :5 speed swap,255 walbo fuel pump, 3" down pipe with 2 1/2"duals, Ported upper and lower intake, ported E-6, Kiben adjustable fuel pressure regulator,T-3 turbo,Forge BPV,Steeda Tri-x shifter,Autometer gauges,Racer Walsh stage #2 cam, Spec stage 3 clutch,Stinger FMIC

5.0TurboCoupe1988 Offline
Posting Freak
probably needs inner tie rods. that is a common part failure. it could also be the rack. you will be able to tell once you get the boots off and remove the inners.

if there's fluid inside of the boots, get a new rack.
1988 TC 2.3/5-Speed, 148K

Not B Anymore Offline
I just bought a reman rack a couple of months ago and it cost me $70. All I "needed" were inner tie rods, but I figured it was really not much more to just buy the whole rack with the inner tie rods & boots included so I went that route instead. More bang for the buck.
Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels

vegas_ss Offline
Senior Member
+1 on replacing the entire rack/inner tie rod assembly. Be sure to get the correct ratio! Check how many turns lock to lock... you want the quick ratio. Get some energy suspension mounts/bushings as the mounts that usually come with the 'correct' quick ratio rack seem to not be 'correct'. The energy suspension mounts/bushings are an improvement over stock too.
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS, DCM, Borla Cat Back, too much other stuff!!! (SOLD)
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP 6M, 6.2l LS3, Kooks Long Tube, Hi Flo Cats, Mild Cam

Jeff K Offline
FYI, the TC constant ratio "quick" rack is 2.5 turns lock to lock, while the "standard" non TC variable ratio is 3 turns lock to lock.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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