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Jay Lutz
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I did a search with no results.....so this might be a new question.

My 94 had PS...which has been disabled..but the hoses remain. Rules seem clear that I can remove the hoses...so-
* any reason I'd want to leave the hoses on?
* any advice on a commercially available plugs or caps to cover the ports?
* getting rid of the hoses will save a little weight but more importantly make my data aq steering sensor install a bit easier.

Thanks, Jay

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Dave Wheeler sells plugs for the ports.

There's been discussion about whether the hoses need to be looped over to relieve pressure/transfer the bit of fluid left behind for lubrication/etc, but I don't think it's that big of a deal (although mine are still looped).

If I wanted them out of the way to do the DA steering install easier, I'd get the plugs and move ahead without a second thought.

Jarrod

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I still sell lots of these plugs. If you use mine or something else, you must get the excess fluid out. Simply turn the s/w lock to lock several times with the ports open. This WILL make a mess. Then plug the holes and you are done. If you do the loop method, you do not need to remove the fluid.

Dave

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John Mueller Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Lutz:

* any reason I'd want to leave the hoses on?
* any advice on a commercially available plugs or caps to cover the ports?


Jay;
Revome the hoses and get the Plugs Dave sells, they work perfectly once all the fluid is out. I added a few drops of Blue Locktite on the threads of each Plug to ensure they stay put.

Jim Boemler Verified Driver
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quote:
Originally posted by sn8byte:
I added a few drops of Blue Locktite on the threads of each Plug to ensure they stay put.

"Anal" has a new picture next to it in the dictionary! [Big Grin]

jim

PS: I just put duct tape over mine -- been that way for years. "Lighter."

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quote:
Originally posted by Jim Boemler:
I just put duct tape over mine -- been that way for years. "Lighter."

Yes but "Delusional" now has a photo of a Clown next to it. [Big Grin]

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you can take the rack a part and remove the PS piston from the rack -- see flying miata web site

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This is my opinion

I have seen 3 racks go bad that where not caused by a crash.

All 3 had the power piston removed as per the website noted above.

Coincidence, maybe yes-maybe no. You decide.

3 choices:
1- loop the hoses effective but ugly
2- gut steering rack, fair amount of work, potential problems
3- plug the holes, cheap, effective, proven reliability

You decide

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dave what doe you mean by "go bad"?

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quote:
Originally posted by sn8byte:
Yes but "Delusional" now has a photo of a Clown next to it. [Big Grin]

It wasn't there before? [Wink]

jim

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Broken teeth on pinion.

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quote:
Originally posted by davew:


3 choices:
1- loop the hoses effective but ugly
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Free is beautiful to me. [Smile]

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I have no problem with free.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gibscreen:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Free is beautiful to me. [Smile]

Rob;
Maybe if you guys didn't race 47 weekends a year you could afford some of these plugs... Save up and get 'em instead of new fenders & tie-rods [Big Grin]

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the looped hose is a pain when you have to pull the radiator or change the lower hose.

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