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Old 04-02-2012, 07:38 AM
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Are there any options? Why are we able to rebuild engines, transmissions, suspensions, etc but rebuilding the power steering rack isn't an option?
Mine has a very bad leak on the passenger side. I'm guessing there is a seal that is not much different than most other seals. Again I ask, Are there any options to buying a rebuilt unit for $1500.00 or so???
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:23 AM
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Check out Vertex Auto. They had the lowest price for a rebuilt rack a few years ago when my coupe needed one. If I remember correctly, it was $500 vs $1200 from everyone else. Its been working very well since.

As for why can't we rebuild the racks ourselves? Good question.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:49 AM
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There are earlier posts about this. I found out about this soloution some years ago.
Find your ZF dealer (they do the steering rack), give them the ZF part number on your rack and order a set of washers. It costs about 100USD. Then let a workshop re-build it for you, it will take 1-2 ours. Done!

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Old 04-02-2012, 01:31 PM
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Source for seal kit: http://www.klaindustries.net/ (NOT $10)

Pro rebuilder: Rack Doctor ($150, shipped!)
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by FeralComprehension View Post
Pro rebuilder: ($150, shipped!)
$467.95 - $150 = $317.95 plus core return shipping .
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:37 PM
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Try this guy rtight in your backyard.

http://www.rackdoctor.net/

He did mine this winter, I was very please great service, pleasant guy and a fast turnaround time (2-3 days)

I was $299 + $18 shipping. I think a very fair price for a complete overall and cleanup.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:37 PM
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I ordered a rebuilt unit from "Rack Doctor" this morning. I called Rich who was very helpful and was informed that he had the units in stock. Ordered today and he said I should receive the rack tomorrow. Funny that the internet told me to look in my own backyard. i will give feedback after I receive/install the unit. Thanks for everyone's help.

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Old 04-04-2012, 11:25 AM
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I hope the rack doctor works out for you. He stole 200.00 from me by selling a defective e36 rack to me and wouldn't even give me a core charge back when I returned it.
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Originally Posted by Indycam View Post
$467.95 - $150 = $317.95 plus core return shipping .
Oops! Sorry about that; I misread the text at the top of the page.
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Old 11-24-2017, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by wilke3169 View Post
I ordered a rebuilt unit from "Rack Doctor" this morning. I called Rich who was very helpful and was informed that he had the units in stock. Ordered today and he said I should receive the rack tomorrow. Funny that the internet told me to look in my own backyard. i will give feedback after I receive/install the unit. Thanks for everyone's help.

Kevin
How did this workout for you?
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I ordered the seals from England but havent gotten around to the rebuild yet. Seal kit was about $60
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Originally Posted by jimq
I ordered the seals from England but havent gotten around to the rebuild yet. Seal kit was about $60
You donÔÇÖt happen to have a link for the seal kit do you?
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:49 AM
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I have a spare rebuild kit if anyone is interested. I do warn you that the rebuild is not a simple DIY job and if you don't take your time you can damage the rack and render it useless.
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Old 11-26-2017, 02:58 PM
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I rebuilt my 993 rack for my 964 with the KLA Industry kit linked above. My 993 rack I purchased from Vertex leaked after a couple of years so I thought I'd do it myself. The rack was a little tight for a couple of days, but is leak free and working normally now!

BTW, there are more 993 racks so their price is lower and they are an exact match.
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:21 PM
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Maybe find a local rebuilder? I dropped mine off at JB Automotive in Santa Ana, CA and they rebuilt my rack in a couple days for around $400.
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