Best option for steering gear replacement 81 Z-28

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by Z28zz383, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Z28zz383

    Z28zz383 Veteran Member

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    Thanks for adding the rebuilders info and what you used. What year car do you have? From what I can find the WS-6 box is a 14.1 ratio and the same 2.6 lock to lock as my current 81 Z box. Medium force Which is a nice feeling unit to me.
     
  2. kendpotter

    kendpotter New Member

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    I have a '79 Camaro that I have owned since new. Also put WS6 rear end in so I could have 4 wheel discs. Those parts are the best made in 2nd gen F body.
     
  3. ratpatrol71z28

    ratpatrol71z28 Veteran Member

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    Just some two cents, be careful when buying remanufactuered boxes as the gear ratios may not be exactly as described.
     
  4. Z28zz383

    Z28zz383 Veteran Member

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    Have a bud that manages the local napa that told me the same thing....He's willing to get in 3 boxes and we can test them out on the bench as to ratios and turns made. (using a degree wheel) Steering effort is another variable. At least if I install it and don't like it I can swap for another. Or, just bring it back...And repair my old one. Taking my old one out this wknd and will do something soon. Repair or replace.
     
  5. black_aerocoupe

    black_aerocoupe Veteran Member

    For me, Benchworks in Scottsdale is a no-brainer to drop off a fast ratio core, and avoid downtime or questionable re-mans. They do ship.
    http://benchworksteering.com
     
  6. Desert_Dick72SS

    Desert_Dick72SS Veteran Member

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    For a core, a great upgrade is the quick ratio 2 1/4 turn -12.7:1 boxes (ink stamped 2 letter code on the front of the box. The correct code for a 3rd gen 2 1/4 turn box is "HX" or "XH" depending on which way you view it) . At the junk yards these are found in Late 3rd Gens with the 16" Wheel Option. Find one of these and get it rebuilt if it needs it...I've grabbed a few that were fine used, and it's a huge improvement in feel and ratio...stops are not ideal, but haven't caused me any problems.
    The Pitman Arm bolts on, but you might need to adapt the cooler lines to the later metric o-ring type fittings....

    -Rich
     
  7. Lou6t4gto

    Lou6t4gto Veteran Member

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    I went to advance and got... 4, before I got one that was any better than what I removed. they did not leak, but had "Play", hard spots... Just make sure whatever you get has a Good Warranty.
     
  8. Lou6t4gto

    Lou6t4gto Veteran Member

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    Aug 18, 2010
    Ocala, Fla
    I went to advance and got... 4, before I got one that was any better than what I removed. they did not leak, but had "Play", hard spots... Just make sure whatever you get has a Good Warranty.
     

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