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Old 08-05-2009, 04:39 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by swoody View Post
I am looking to eventually replace my power steering with a manual rack, and possibly put an under-drive pulley on the car.
If this is on your Civic DX. There is no need to change the rack out to have manual steering.

Remove the pump and hoses, drain the fluid by spinning the steering wheel lock to lock ten times or so. Then plug the holes in the rack where the hoses went. Now you have manual steering for cheap. I did this three years ago with no problems. If there is a clunk when steering, you might need to re-tension the rack. Mine needed that anyway.

I would not recommend an under-drive pulley. This helps save HP when you are at high RPM but we tend to keep the revs lower. On mine anyway this would be TOO low for the accessories.

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