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T3 Steering Rack Reinforcement Kit

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by Luckyphil, Nov 13, 2021.

  1. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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  2. Barry

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    @Luckyphil

    does this fit the power steering rack as well?
     
  3. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    yes but not suitable for Syncro. That bracket and the purple power flex bushes and the difference will be quite noticeably.
     
  4. Syncro27

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    I watched the U tube video and there was very little movement in the frame holding the rack on.

    Not enough that would concern me enough to fit these.

    Agree the syncro has an additional lower frame that holds the steering system so it would be a totally different animal.

    I also find the T3s with power steering seem to drive very well with strong winds.

    The non power steering vans I have driven do get pushed around a bit - the PS must take up some of that slack....
     
  5. Grantus

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    Cheap enough aftermarket fitment, that can only either improve the steering, or remains just the same……… Can’t see how it could worsen the situation.

    Does allow you to reposition the rack, if it has taken a knock, so the result would only be positive, or neutral, but also add a preventative to avoid any future distortion.
     
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  6. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    If you watch the video on T3 Technique on your desktop you can clearly see movement.
     
  7. Wattie

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    This is my version, fitted this about 10 years ago, 1.6 sheetmetal with small joggle to match the different heights of the two crossmembers
    and attached with 3/16 stainless rivets, works for me. :)
    Steering Mount Upgrade R.jpg
     
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  8. Barry

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    So it made a difference?
     
  9. Wattie

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    Really not sure Barry, the rack mount crossmember no longer deflects, however there is a poofteeth of squish in the urethane bushes,
    probably down to big stationary tires on concrete and a fair bit of weight.
    I remember at the time if the seemingly lightweight crossmember was a part of the forward crumple zone..........hoped I would never test the theory. :eek:
     
  10. Syncro27

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    Thats what I watched Phil....really minimal movement - not enough for me to bother adding more stuff.
     
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  11. SunnyJim

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    Gday @Wattie
    Just out of interest what type of springs u got there?
     
  12. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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    GoWesty 40 mm lift spring kit F & R with Bilstein B6 front shocks and air adjustable Monroe gas shocks at the rear plus 22 mm F & R anti roll bars.
    The van is a fully loaded tin top camper and handles like a China tea clipper in a gale ! :rolleyes:
     
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  13. SunnyJim

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    Phil
    Have u installed yet ? What's your verdict?
     
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  14. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    No got the power steering fitted Wednesday but forgot to take bracket with me. Will be on in the next week or 2
     
  15. SunnyJim

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    kombi time
     

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