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I removed my steering rack to install delrin bushings today. It looks really kinda grungy. I'm not sure if anything was necessarily leaking or it's just from other grease/oil over the past 15 years. I was wondering from others experience if I should replace it while out or it should be fine and just clean it up? I think last I looked over a year ago these aren't cheap to replace. I have pictures attached using Tapatalk. Note i wasn't leaking power steering fluid or had problems so I'm leaning towards just putting back in but based on others experience is this on its last legs?


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If you have not had problems with it then don't worry. That's my opinion. I am not sure on the SVT but am guessing since it's pre 2005 the inner tie rods and tie rod ends can be swaped easily at this point for the larger ones on the '05.

The rack sits back behind everything so any road grime, oil left on the half shift after an oil change, etc it's going to land on it and it's hard to clean so never really gets power washed through car washes or when driving in the rain.

Watch out for the gasket on the lines though, I think the single plate to hold the lines for the steering rack is one of the worst designs ever. They are common to leak if care is not taken. I have to have the hoses positioned just right on my focus for them not to drip.
 

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If you have not had problems with it then don't worry. That's my opinion. I am not sure on the SVT but am guessing since it's pre 2005 the inner tie rods and tie rod ends can be swaped easily at this point for the larger ones on the '05.

The rack sits back behind everything so any road grime, oil left on the half shift after an oil change, etc it's going to land on it and it's hard to clean so never really gets power washed through car washes or when driving in the rain.

Watch out for the gasket on the lines though, I think the single plate to hold the lines for the steering rack is one of the worst designs ever. They are common to leak if care is not taken. I have to have the hoses positioned just right on my focus for them not to drip.
thanks for the info on the plate, i'll double check on that when i go to install them back in. I'm looking at converting the power steering line using these, since my lines aren't looking great. But doesn't look like they are going to solve the problem you are referring to since they are still held in the same way. http://massivespeedsystem.com/_massive-speed-system_/massive-perfekonnection-fluid-transfer-parts/mapl9689/i-2119657.aspx
 

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thanks for the info on the plate, i'll double check on that when i go to install them back in. I'm looking at converting the power steering line using these, since my lines aren't looking great. But doesn't look like they are going to solve the problem you are referring to since they are still held in the same way. MAPL'9689 - Massive Perfekonnection Fluid Transfer Parts - Massive Hardcore Racing Performance Parts - Massive Speed System - Ford Focus Specialists
Read up about the power steering pump connection... People have had issues with that connection due to the threads blocking off some of the openings when installed on the pump.
 

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Thanks trying to do my homework now. Actually struggling finding info on it on my phone or anyone even using it good or bad. Will search on my computer later thanks


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'05 tie rods fit on an svt and are thicker is this true? Might have to use 05s to replace when I do mine hmmm.
If the SVT rack is the same as the regular Zetec...

I have been using MOOG EV80632's for the inner tie rods and MOOG ES08580 for the outer. I have been using this on the Zetec steering rack and SVT knuckles with no issue. Has been able to provide more than enough strength when cornering to brake hubs while at the track.

I purchased these under the 2007 Ford Focus under RockAuto. Life time warranty for the win!
 

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If the SVT rack is the same as the regular Zetec...



I have been using MOOG EV80632's for the inner tie rods and MOOG ES08580 for the outer. I have been using this on the Zetec steering rack and SVT knuckles with no issue. Has been able to provide more than enough strength when cornering to brake hubs while at the track.



I purchased these under the 2007 Ford Focus under RockAuto. Life time warranty for the win!
I thought the rack from an svt was different compared to the zetec?? Can anyone else chime in on this?
 

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I'm pretty confident it's different. When you look up the rack and pinion on rock auto or a ford parts website they have a couple options with SVT called out next to one of the options


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I have heard that also but am unsure as what is different. Internal gearing? Threads at the rack? Per Rockauto other vendors call out SVT version and then others. But under economy there are some that say fits/or so they are saying it can fit an SVT. Not sure if the SVT already uses a beefed up inner tie rod and that's the difference

Would be good for others to chime in on the difference.
 

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I'm not sure about the non-svt version, but the turning radius on the SVT is atrocious for a little car, so I'm guessing gearing. I think my 2500 has the same turning radius haha


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The inner tie rods are different. So is the p/s pump.
Only difference on a P/S pump is the external pressure valve right? (and IIRC it does run a higher PSI) in a pinch have people not ran SVT pumps on regular Zetecs (using the SVT high pressure line) or the reverse?

Any idea on how the inner tie rods are different? larger OD on the rod? stronger inner tie rod joint? Different threading on the rack to tie rod connection?
 

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Pump Lines are different. The main difference in the SVT steering is the power steering pump it is a higher pressure pump :power assist: Gives the steering wheel a more weighted feel. The SVT rack has a turning radius of 27 feet where as a standard focus rack has a turning radius of 23-24 feet.
 

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Any idea why the larger turning radius? Is to limit the tires since they are larger than 16" "stock" and the SVT was 3/4" lower not to rub? I am guessing lock to lock is the same? Usualy for sportyer cars they reduce the lock to lock meaning the gearing in the rack is shorter... Also giving you more weighted steering.

Thanks for the info.
 
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