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Old 06-09-2009, 02:21 PM
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East Coast Supercharging (ECS) is happy to introduce a manual rack & pinion steering system for the 1997 to 2004 (C5) Corvette. This Race ready package is comprised of top quality components and reduces weight and parasitic drag caused by the factory power steering and pump assembly.

This kit comes complete with a Flaming River pinto style rack, Aluminum rack extensions with Teflon sleeved tie rod ends, bump steer kit, 3 high quality universal joints (one machined to fit the C5 Steering shaft), aluminum mounting brackets with auxiliary steering shaft support, and all necessary mounting hardware and jam nuts.

The package also includes an optional alternator relocation kit allowing users to position your alternator where the factory air conditioner mounts. This feature allows the serious drag racer to drive the alternator off the 4 rib provision on stock or overdrive crank dampers. This optional kit comes with brackets, hardware and a new alternator pulley.

The system is designed for C5s modified for Drag Racing which retain the stock front cradle and suspension, and the system is carefully designed to maintain the full stock steering radius.

The complete kit from the firewall out is $1,395
Adding the alternator relocation brackets while purchasing the rack are an additional $99. Sold separately $149.
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One neat thing with this is that if you are an NA or turbo guy, you can just get an electric water pump without a pulley (cheaper) and not even have a "main" belt on your car anymore.
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You guys are really rolling out the drag racing products this week....great job and thanks.
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You guys are really rolling out the drag racing products this week....great job and thanks.

I'm not done yet, I just havn't had time to post up everything yet.
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Just out of curiosity, how much of a weight savings are we talking about? Also, I had a '72 GTO with manual steering. Is it safe to assume it would be comparable to that or because the C5 is a modern car, it would be a little better? It made no difference really on the highway, but doing a k turn or low speed turn was always interesting. Either way, great job coming out with new race specific products
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Great Job Doug,
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Originally Posted by MPRTKLR View Post
Just out of curiosity, how much of a weight savings are we talking about? Also, I had a '72 GTO with manual steering. Is it safe to assume it would be comparable to that or because the C5 is a modern car, it would be a little better? It made no difference really on the highway, but doing a k turn or low speed turn was always interesting. Either way, great job coming out with new race specific products
I wish I weighed a complete rack/pump/lines/cooler assy when I took them off, but I haven't yet, sorry. I would think it would be a fair amount lighter, and of course the lack of spinning the pump, but I'll have to post that the next time I do an in house install.

The GTO would have been a fair amount heavier so it would have been a little more work, but manual steering is manual steering. It is however much easier to turn then a power steering rack that does not have a belt or working in general though. Manual racks are geared to be easier, and with a skinny on the front, it's not hard at all IMO. I really dont mind my car on the street at all, (disclaimer-this product is not for street use ) but I accept these things in the name of going faster and more reliability from the car at the track. and hey, it keeps the wife from driving it!

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We have these boxed and ready to go!!!
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Did you stop offering this. I can't find anything on a manual rack
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I need to stop and say hi!
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Did you stop offering this. I can't find anything on a manual rack
Basically yes, but I can take a look and see if we have any of the parts still to put one together. I'll PM you if we do.
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Originally Posted by MPRTKLR
Just out of curiosity, how much of a weight savings are we talking about?

I wish I weighed a complete rack/pump/lines/cooler assy when I took them off, but I haven't yet, sorry. I would think it would be a fair amount lighter, and of course the lack of spinning the pump, but I'll have to post that the next time I do an in house install.

Any follow-up to this question?
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Let me get one of these pretty please.
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Originally Posted by all4spl View Post
Let me get one of these pretty please.
I'll check and see if we still have some of these, I'll PM you after the holiday.
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Originally Posted by DOUG @ ECS View Post
I'll check and see if we still have some of these, I'll PM you after the holiday.
thanks bud
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I may be interested in one of these... but only need the rack and mounting points. It's going into a custom frame with a C5 based front suspension.
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