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pye21
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:01 pm    Post subject: 996 C2 Steering rack replacement Reply with quote

Anyone know of a how to on this anywhere? Or is it documented in anyone's build/maintenance threads on here?

Been looking around and can't see anything on here or on Pelican etc.
 
  
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thecarfixer
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck - IF you're lucky the pressure and return pipes will come out of the rack when you remove the horseshoe/finger clamp that holds them on the rack. Usually, they seize in the rack being steel and the rack aluminium.

If the pipes come out, then it's just disconnect the steering column, track rod ends, and then undo the two bolts on the bottom of the subframe and it'll wiggle out from the drivers side.

If, like mine and most others, the pipes will be seized into the rack so you'll need to cut them off, then drop the front subframe to replace them. They're the same as the 986 Boxster in design, so that doubles your sources at least, as they're ferociously expensive, new. Good time to replace the brake pipe that crosses from the passenger side (RHD cars) to the drivers side as that sits above the subframe, too, and a car of any age will look like it's from the bottom of the sea.

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wasz
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if those hose fittings are on other cars, or indeed some kind of standard that you could have a hydraulic hose specialist crimp up to the pipes in situ.

Had similar on a mk2 golf once, and they did this rather than buying hoses.
 
  
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drabux
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed the pipes will likely be corroded in situ. My solution was to buy a couple of 997 pipes second hand (cheaper), cut them rack and get flexi lines made up to connect the hard lines. Saved dropping the subframe and cost about 70 quid.
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wasz
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drabux wrote:
Indeed the pipes will likely be corroded in situ. My solution was to buy a couple of 997 pipes second hand (cheaper), cut them rack and get flexi lines made up to connect the hard lines. Saved dropping the subframe and cost about 70 quid.


Genius. Any pics of what you did?
 
  
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