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Old 08-14-2007, 05:28 AM   #1
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Crazy Steering Rack Idea...

So, the placement of our steering rack causes many handling woes. We have braces and bushings to make it more livable. Correct? Well why hasn't someone come-up w/ a way to mount it lower and make bracket to connect to the wheels at a lower point as well? IIRC the 9-5 has a lower mounted rack.. Why cant that just be adapted to suit our needs? Anyone else ever thought about this one...
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People got nothing on this one...?
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:51 AM   #3
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I don't know much about the steering/suspension system, as that I don't know whats better having the rack in front, behind, or on top of the wheels.

It could be genius, but if it were some one would have done it already.
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I don't know much about the steering/suspension system, as that I don't know whats better having the rack in front, behind, or on top of the wheels.

It could be genius, but if it were some one would have done it already.
Not so... If it hasn't been done yet doesn't mean it isn't feasible. That kind of thinking will get you no-where fast.

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Old 08-14-2007, 12:13 PM   #5
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The only thing I can think of is that placing it lower would create a need for custom strut housings. If you were to make an adapter on the stock strut mount it would probably cause more flex and poor steering tendencies than the stock rack would.

You could do it though...it would just take lots of work for a one-off thing.
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The only thing I can think of is that placing it lower would create a need for custom strut housings. If you were to make an adapter on the stock strut mount it would probably cause more flex and poor steering tendencies than the stock rack would.

You could do it though...it would just take lots of work for a one-off thing.
Is there a reason stock 9-5 strut housings couldn't be used to achieve this setup?
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Bump... Could use a little more input guys..
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9-5 struts will be 1)probably too long, and 2)definitely not the same setup. the 9-5 has a coilover type setup. spring over a macpherson strut.
iirc, the 9-3 has a different setup with a shock, and not a strut.


the other reason why the 9-5 steering setup is so good is that the rack is sandwiched (in the center of the rack), between the rear motor mount, and the subframe. it is locked in place, and not moveable. aka...no torque steer. but wheel hop city..
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Unless my terminology is way, way off.... my car has a spring over a mcpherson strut. I don't have the 9-5 WIS to see if it's any different from the 9-5 though.
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yeah, 9-3 certainly has a strut.
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What would be the benefit of having it mounted lower, other having the weight lower?
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There is no benefit to mounting it lower....only mounting it more rigidly and/or reducing the articulation points....a wider beefier rack with shorter end links would be an improvement. Or a massive bracing scheme to prevent firewall and rack movement.

Oh and 9-3's and 9-5's both have struts...but they are of completely different designs and in no way swappable. (Subframe design is different, control arm design is different, ball joint design is different....you get the idea...)
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