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Adjusting rack and pinion

Hi everybody, really appreciate how much all of you have helped me in the past. My current 95 mustang gt has slack in the steering rack. I have replaced everything in the steering including a MM steering shaft. I can see everything is solid to the rack. It's not much but there. Sn cars look to have a cap over the adjustment unlike foxes that just have Locknut. Anybody know what I will see under the "nut"? I cannot find any good picks of adjusting sn racks. Can anyone help?
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Slack like how? Slack side to side? Play in the wheel?
What rack do you have? You replaced the bushings that hold the rack?

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The slack I have is when turning the steering wheel just slightly, say within a 3/8 area the front wheels don't move. Putting the car on stands and a person in the car turning the steering wheel with in that small area, I can clearly see the steering shaft turning down to the rack but no front wheel movement. All the bushing have been replaced. I've replaced the rack a couple of times and there seems to be a little slop in all of them so far. Everything from the steering wheel down to the input shaft of the rack has been replaced and is tight. Just looking for someone who has adjusted the rack and pinion, pinion preload to take up that last been of slack. Thanks!
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Here's a link with a somewhat of a diagram. https://www.allfordmustangs.com/foru...n-preload.html

I'm using a Cardone 22-2000 reman rack for an '03/'04 Cobra in my '95 and has a decent enough feel. It comes with thicker torsion bars allegedly. It has a better feel that the oem reman rack that was put in my dad's '97.

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Thank you 90lxwhite
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You’re welcome. Let me know if it works. I might play with mine a little.
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Hey 90lxwhite, I made an initial adjustment and there is an improvement. It seems to have added a little more resistance to movement as well as taken up a Little slack in the steering. Both of which I like. Doing more reading I think what I am interpreting as slack is the t-bar or torsion bar that connects the 2 parts of the pinion. 03-04 cobra have thicker t-bars and have a better connection to road feel. It's more complicated than I thought. I marked the original position of the adjustment nut just in case. The adjustment was under a quarter turn and leaving it for now.
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Hey 90lxwhite, I made an initial adjustment and there is an improvement. It seems to have added a little more resistance to movement as well as taken up a Little slack in the steering. Both of which I like. Doing more reading I think what I am interpreting as slack is the t-bar or torsion bar that connects the 2 parts of the pinion. 03-04 cobra have thicker t-bars and have a better connection to road feel. It's more complicated than I thought. I marked the original position of the adjustment nut just in case. The adjustment was under a quarter turn and leaving it for now.
Just sloppy ole school mustang huh? Try the cardone cobra reman, it’s alright. Don’t expect Porsche precision or anything like that but it’s an improvement. It’s a sportier feel anyway. I did one along with urethane rack bushings and I dig it. Give them what you have now for the core. They won’t know it’s not the same.
https://www.allfordmustangs.com/foru...utm_source=amp

What do you think of the MaxMotor steering shaft? 4 out of 5 stars?
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