Well I ended up redoing my steering column and shaft. This whole electric setup was a fail. Even before it freaked out on me there was always a ton of play in the steering. Very difficult to drive on some roads. Used the bolt in column from the guy on ebay. Nothing special about it, and really I should have just made it myself. I was able to space it down with some angle to keep the wheel at a decent height but also clear the exhaust mani. very tight. Doing this I was able to remove the center ujoint and just run them at each end now. Fairly straight shot to the rack. I used a support bearing on the firewall to seal it up. Steering is so much improved now. Plus I shaved about 15lbs! Also made mount brackets to use the stock combo switch, and made a new digital dash mount.
Few other notes:
After the drop spindle install there was tons of rubbing. Could barely move it around the driveway. I probably had to raise the front end an inch, plus do some trimming. Even at that height I will rub on the inner wheel well if driving hard. Pretty sure I need to cut most of it out. So ill say it again and again, this kit really doesn't allow you to get really low. Or maybe it would be different if I was running skinnier tires up front I dunno.
Still need to source a sway bar from a explorer. Should help with rubbing. Also need a rear sway bar.
WRX seats are great but only work in these trucks if either you're short or remove the tracks and just hard mount it. I cut off the stock seat bracket and reused that. All the way back and down works great for me. Just a pain to bolt up. I was sitting way to high before I removed the sliders.
Slowly getting this thing dialed. Have a dyno appointment in a week, probably going to add water/meth to help cooling IAT's. No e85 stations here
Need to align the truck again, need sway bars, and then work on some cosmetic stuff. I'd love to grab a lighter hood for this thing but the cost ....ughhh. Hopefully I get kicked out of the track this year. But I dont know if my tires are up to the task. We'll see