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Brandon F. Verified Driver
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Subject says it all.

Are they different in length/diameter/anything?

Another question: judging from the "NA_Collision_Guide" PDF I have, it looks like Mazda went all PS from 1996 onward.

Is that right too?

Thanks!

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Yes, different threads (fine vs corse) and different diameters...

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Clarification - inner tie rods.

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I have seen NB's with manual racks, few and far between but I have seen them.

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Dan Tiley of Tispeed Engerneering re builds racks and plugs the power racks which work better than a stock rack.
We use Dans racks on all our cars.
His number is 704 402 4027

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The converted power rack on the NA cars has actually less turns lock-to-lock than the manual rack making it a bit faster.

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quote:
Originally posted by Brandon F.:
Subject says it all.

Are they different in length/diameter/anything?

Another question: judging from the "NA_Collision_Guide" PDF I have, it looks like Mazda went all PS from 1996 onward.

Is that right too?

Thanks!

The manual steering rack Inners are also harder to find and more expensive if that is an issue.
I bent one at Nelson school last year and while many people at the track had power steering spare inners, no one had a manual steering one. Neither did the 2 or 3 chain auto parts places in town. They are also left and right specific so if you are lucky enough to find one it has to be for the correct side.

One of the folks from the school brought me one the next morning to help us finish the school (thanks Mike Puskar!). I learned my newbie lesson and now stock spares for my manual rack.

Regards
Neil

   

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