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    Considering getting a Escort Pony manual steering rack instead of repowering my stock one. I damaged my wrist couple years ago so the extra lock-to-lock of the pony rack should help a lot in parking lots. But a little worried if that extra lock will negatively affect the steering feel/handling/or just be annoying. Anybody tried one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisZX2 View Post
    Considering getting a Escort Pony manual steering rack instead of repowering my stock one. I damaged my wrist couple years ago so the extra lock-to-lock of the pony rack should help a lot in parking lots. But a little worried if that extra lock will negatively affect the steering feel/handling/or just be annoying. Anybody tried one?
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    Yeah I repowered the rack in my old zx2 and loved it, but a stock repowered rack might be too hard on my wrist, wondering if the loosed ratio of the pony rack makes a difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisZX2 View Post
    Yeah I repowered the rack in my old zx2 and loved it, but a stock repowered rack might be too hard on my wrist, wondering if the loosed ratio of the pony rack makes a difference
    I think you mean depowered rack, which is no hydraulic assist. I got this ZX2 I have now with a depowered rack and it was awful, a manual rack will have an extra turn in it so you will be turning your steering wheel slightly more for the same turn of a powered rack, but with a little less effort. I did it for weight savings and getting rid of the twitchy depowered rack that would randomly turn my wheels at high speeds.

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    Yeah depowered, damn auto correct. I depowered the stock p/s rack in my old zx2 and did a write up http://teamzx2.com/threads/17121-De-...-S-rack-how-to

    Its that "extra turn" (looser raito) of the ponys manual rack that I was asking about, if it made steering from a stop that much easier than a depowered p/s rack. I had actually wanted to swap in a depowered MX3 rack for even tighter ratio (2.8 vs 3.2) than the escorts p/s rack, but with a damaged left wrist, I was wondering if the loose ~4.2 ratio of the pony's rack was worth it.

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    what year escort do we look this up on rockauto under? I think my depowered stock rack is messed up but I don't know where or what I did wrong. Followed everything to the T, but for some reason my car turns more to the left then to the right. So i was just going to say fuck it and put a pony rack in it and be done. I've taken the rack out and apart a few times now. For the life of me I cannot see where the rack would limit turning one way vs the other.

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    I has a Manuel pony rack. Still unsure if I'm ever gonna use it or not.

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    Any 91-96 Escort listing. Just look or ask for MANUAL rack. I got mine for around $175 new (reman) if I remember. There is hardly a difference at a dead stop trying to turn the wheel, but is should be easier overall.

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