June 14th, 2005 : Flaming River Mustang II Steering Rack
My steering has been acting funny for a while now ... usually, it's operating fine, but then one day I'll get in the truck and the steering wheel acts "sticky" ... it gets "tight" -- if I turn slightly to the right or left, it doesn't return without me bringing it back to a straight position myself ... the next day, it'll be just fine; something crazy is happening. I had a mechanic look it over and he said the steering rack is worn and needs to be replaced.
So I went to Yogi's and placed an order. The best rack out there, for my Mustang II IFS, is made by Flaming River ... they sell the rack for $200.00, but I got it from Yogi's for only $160.00 -- HERE is the page at Yogi's. I also ordered the Mounting Bushings and two new Tie Rod Ends ... all for a total of $228.24 (including shipping):
One problem we had with the installation was with the tie rod ends -- they were too short! So you need to be sure, if you're doing this job on your vehicle, that you get the right tie rod ends. The ones that were suggested as part of this setup were short -- they didn't even reach the threads on the steering rack! To fix this, we bought tie rod ends for an '85 Mercury which were just a bit too long and we had to cut a half-inch off the ends to make it work ... they still had plenty of thread though; they still offered a secure and safe install, so we went ahead and finished the job that way.
Here's a shot of the old rack:
Before the new rack was in, whenever I hit a pot-hole in the road or even a good-sized crack across the pavement, I would hear a pretty loud "bang" that I thought might've been the bed of the truck or something loose that needed attention. Well, something was loose alright! It was the old steering rack -- I'm thinking it was the bushings, which were split and very worn. Now I don't hear anything when I hit a bump ... and it sure is nice having my steering back -- smooth and responsive!