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Old 06-06-2017, 02:44 PM
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18+ is probably a better length, but my center bracket is pulling the tie rods in very close and above the rack output traveler....my bump stear is not great, but better than stock.....
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:21 PM
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Steeroids mounts the rod ends horizontal. That might help you get more clearance if need be. Just a thought, in this photo it appears you are mounting it vertical.
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I can get them up higher by mounting them vertical. Horizontal mounting is too wide to get up high and still clear the lower A arm pivot.

I'm trying to get the load path as close to the axial center line of the rack. That's the weakness of CTO racks. The offset load wears the center nut.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:38 AM
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I can get them up higher by mounting them vertical. Horizontal mounting is too wide to get up high and still clear the lower A arm pivot.

I'm trying to get the load path as close to the axial center line of the rack. That's the weakness of CTO racks. The offset load wears the center nut.
Yup, same thoughts on my mind, and so I made my compromise with unequal tie rod lengths and kept the adapter block as close as I could, using the stock tie rod ends....and wound up with significant bump stear because they were right on the center line of the output traveler....too low, and someone said to raise the tie rods at the rack, so off came the machined adapter and cut the ears off, and my buddy welded them on the block, up top a couple inches and pivoted the ends to they are vertical with the stem facing down, grease fitting up top....not ideal for grease and water, but best I could do.....one of the difficulties on this was because I had the steering wheel input shaft up high as possible/rack turned so that I even cut a crescent out of the lower rear engine mount, up next to the frame, and the reason for THAT was to allow use of just two universal joints from the collapsed column ....compromises made with reality vs desires.....the doo-able vs dreams.....

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I can get them up higher by mounting them vertical. Horizontal mounting is too wide to get up high and still clear the lower A arm pivot.

I'm trying to get the load path as close to the axial center line of the rack. That's the weakness of CTO racks. The offset load wears the center nut.
Okay, fair enough.
Heim joints are more compact, maybe that would help.
I started looking for a custom mustang style rack a while ago, but never got too far. I think Detroit speed uses one in their prototype.

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Old 08-07-2017, 05:20 PM
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Finnaly finished the R&P. I wave to redo the front caliper brackets but thats it. A couple of weeks I will have a rolling chassis!

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Looks damned good. I still need to get motivated to do that job.
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Shark, that's impressive! Awesome work.
I need to get mine going too. I put it up for awhile until I get my barn completed. Ill try to tackle the R&P and the wiring... hopefully by this winter.
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very nice....i put witness marks on the big bolts on the R/P unit after i noticed one of them loosened up
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very nice....i put witness marks on the big bolts on the R/P unit after i noticed one of them loosened up
Did the bolts for the center link loosen or the mounting (to the frame) bolts.
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