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Post by mrbeige on Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:30 am

As I'm going to be rebuilding the front subframe of the Corrado, I was wondering if it was possible to replace the tired steering rack with something a little newer? Can anyone suggest a donor vehicle for such a rack, or will I have issues with the actual length of the control arms? Ideally I'd like a rack that is a little 'quicker' if you catch my drift?

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Post by mic_VR on Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:28 am

Not sure what other racks will fit but I'm fairly sure that Quaife do a 'quick rack' for the mk2 golf which I'm guessing is almost identical to the early 1.8 rack.

Plus I think they're only about £125.
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Post by mrbeige on Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:22 am

Do mk2 golfs have powered steering? If so then that's quite cheap. I wonder if mk2 Golf ones are the same as the Corrado ones or of differing lengths/specs? Are the early vs late racks the same on Corrados or are the VR ones wider to cope with the wider track?

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Post by mic_VR on Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:32 am

The mk2 golfs did have power steering, well some did, but I believe there is a difference between the track rods. Don't know if these would be interchangeable between the corrado and golf racks.....

hopefully someone will know for sure but I'll try looking up part numbers on etka to see if they are the same
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Post by mic_VR on Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:46 am

right.

Just had a quick look on etka and the steering box part numbers for the mk2 golf and the early corrado are identical. Hopefully that helps?
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Post by mrbeige on Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:41 am

mic_VR wrote:right.

Just had a quick look on etka and the steering box part numbers for the mk2 golf and the early corrado are identical. Hopefully that helps?
Oooooh, what a bloke! Mine being an early Corrado as well! Twisted Evil

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Post by Flusted on Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:11 am

there is a differnece between the mk2 and corrado racks. The mk2 has 3 holes drilled in it with 13mm nuts welded underneath for the rodchange support where the corrado has cable change, this part is smooth missing the holes.
It wont a difference to you cos you wont use the holes anyway but it means you cant put a rado rack on a mk2 with rodchange
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Post by nemesis360 on Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:48 pm

You can fit a MK2 rack onto a 16v or G60 rado they are identical apart from the above statement^^^, The only difference to the VR rack is the length of the tie rods for the wide track suspension

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Post by davidwort on Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:02 pm

from what I've discovered it goes something like this,

(1) mk2 8v rack
(2) mk2 16v rack same as 1.8 16v corrado rack and early G60 (faster than 8v rack and 36 spline output)
(3) 2L 16v, 8v and late G60 with 22 spline output, basically same as (2) above
(4) VR6 alloy cased 'ZF' rack 22 spline output, possibly on some mk3's
(5) golf mk3 GTI/16v/VR TRW rack, much same as (3) longer track rods but these are easily swapped
(6) ibiza gti/cupra and toledo 16v rack, same part number as (3)
(7) golf3/polo/caddy PS racks, similar to (3) but lower ratio, more like (1) but 22 spline

not sure if passat ones (88-96) are essentially the same but with different track rods again, probably.

and to my surprise I saw a pug 306 1.4 with the same PS pump as the 4cyl Corrado

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Post by mrbeige on Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:09 am

Hmmmmm, interesting! I might have to re-use the rack that is on mine then. I had a quick look into the Quaife quick racks, Mic, and it appears the Mk2 ones are LHD only Sad

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Post by mrbeige on Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:27 am

Found this linked to by junkie on CF. Quick rack for A2 chassis. That should fit in the early Corrado rack shouldn't it?

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Post by junkie on Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:41 am

According to Jon aka Boostmonkey it wont fit PAS???
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Post by mrbeige on Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:58 am

junkie wrote:According to Jon aka Boostmonkey it wont fit PAS???
Hmmm, may require further investigation then..

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Post by junkie on Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:11 am

Yes definately, i need quicker steering but only a little and that seemed good with 1 less full lock.
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Post by KipVR on Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:26 pm

according to my parts club book, the steering rack for a VR is the same as for a Mk3 Gti. Don't suppose that helps you though?
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