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Shorter Ratio Steering Racks?


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Hello,
I am getting my Ranger ready for autocross later this year and one thing I need to do is make the steering faster.
Are there any quicker ratio steering racks that will fit? Or maybe a different pinion gear that I can install into my current rack? I don’t really want to resort to a steering quickener box, but I will if I have to.
 


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There are longer pitman arms.
Oops, I'm not sure about the SLA type trucks. Mine is TTB. Post #45 in my low buck race truck build if it works.
 
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There are longer pitman arms.
Sorry, I forgot to clarify. I have a 99 ranger which has rack and pinion steering. Doesn’t have pitman arms. I think they changed it to rack and pinion after 96 or 97.
 

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The steering rack in 98+ regular cab rangers (and 97-01 Explorers with 2 doors) are 4.0 turns lock to lock:


The steering rack in 98+ extended cab Rangers (and 97-01 Explorers with 4 doors) are 3.5 turns lock to lock:

Hmm. I also have a theory that Ford uses a lot of the same internals between SN95 steering racks and Ranger steering racks. While the housings are different, the internals may be swappable. I already know that the same mounting bushings will fit both. I might have to pull some apart and compare. Maybe the pinion gears can be interchanged?
 

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Smaller diameter steering wheel
 
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Smaller steering wheel is quicker steering response with less movement
Same as changing pinion size, just opposite end of the steering shaft
 

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The steering rack in 98+ regular cab rangers (and 97-01 Explorers with 2 doors) are 4.0 turns lock to lock:


The steering rack in 98+ extended cab Rangers (and 97-01 Explorers with 4 doors) are 3.5 turns lock to lock:

That's unfortunate. Reading this thread I was suddenly interested in a shorter ratio rack. My truck is an extended cab so it would already have the 3.5 steering rack. Any chance that being a 4WD makes it the 4.0 turn box and I could still get the upgrade?

That was a rhetorical question. I already know the answer, but one can dream right.

I guess I'll have to settle for the improvements made by going to a shorter tire and thinner sidewall.


Hmm. I also have a theory that Ford uses a lot of the same internals between SN95 steering racks and Ranger steering racks. While the housings are different, the internals may be swappable. I already know that the same mounting bushings will fit both. I might have to pull some apart and compare. Maybe the pinion gears can be interchanged?
If you explore this, please let us know what you find.
 

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