Toyota Pickup Rack & Pinion Conversion Kit
Solve your sloppy steering issues on your 1989-1995 Toyota Pickup! Ditch that old steering box and upgrade to a rack and pinion setup. These kits include the rack mount, steering shaft, firewall bearing and grade 8 hardware. All you need is a 1974-1978 Ford Mustang II, or 1985-1995 Ford Mustang 5.0 rack and pinion and the rack bushings of your choosing. That's it for parts, I provide everything else.
These kits will work for 1984-1988 Toyota pickups but a few modifications are necessary. You'll need a steering column and firewall plate from an 89-95 pickup or 4runner equipped WITH U-JOINT inside the firewall. You'll also need to modify the firewall plate for the support bearing to bolt on.
If you're running a header, you may need to bash a few of the primaries with a large hammer or shim your driver's side motor mount with axle shims. Turbo swaps can usually get the downpipe around the shaft with no issues. Engine swaps have shown to clear pretty well.
$615 plus core charge, tax and shipping
Parts Needed for installation:
Manual rack ( Summit SUM-770611 or Heidts MP-018-1-K)
Manual Rack Bushings ( ENERGY SUSPENSION 410103R )
Power Rack 1985-1993 Foxbody Mustang power rack. I don't have a solid source on these, so pay attention to the quality. Store brand racks are hit or miss as far as quality and mounting (15.5" vs 16"). I wish I had better info on power racks, but it's unfortunately the luck of the draw.
Power Rack Bushings ( ENERGY SUSPENSION 410104R )
FABRICATION: Some cutting and drilling is required. These kits are designed to re-engineer your steering system, so a high level of mechanical aptitude is required to get the desired outcome. This kit will get you 90% of the way there, but the sweet science is in that 10% left that needs to be worked out during your alignment. For that reason, we strongly recommend you have the skills and abilities to perform your own alignment.
DISCLAIMER: These kits are designed for off-road competition use. Professional installation is required!
Core Charge: There is a refundable $100 core charge on steering shafts. I only need the first 6" of the splined part, which will fit in a small flat rate box. It's getting very hard to find these and they're very expensive to reproduce at the high quality Toyota did.
Please return shaft cores to:
Po Box 65
Remove all of your old steering components including the steering shaft. Drill out the spindle where the tie rods attach to 5/8”. Center the rack before installation, then bolt it in using your old bolts. The rack mount is offset about ¾” to the passenger side, so measure the inner tie rods and cut off the excess, usually about 1-1/2” on the passenger side and about ¾” on the driver’s side. Measure twice, cut once! You’ll want the cut end of the tie rod to have at least 6-7 threads into the new sleeve. Loosely bolt in the firewall bearing with the 2 provided 10mm bolts to the inside of the firewall plate. The bearing goes with the set screws towards the inside of the truck. Install the steering shaft and bolt in the rack. Check to make sure you have an equal number of turns left to right. If not, slip the bottom ujoint off and adjust the rack back to center. Tighten everything up and get an alignment. You want to target factory caster and about 1-2 degrees of negative camber for street, more for the track if you so desire. Toe can be neutral to slight toe in for street, or slight toe out for track use. You’ll have to find the sweet spot for your truck as each vehicle is unique and its intended uses are different.
Kits are built to order and usually ship out in 3 days.