Steering rack options

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Mon Sep 19 18:49:46 EDT 2005


As I've recently posted, the 200Q-20V rack is different (upgrade, NO!) than
the 5Ks and 10V 200s, and apparently (ZF tech quote) the parts to rebuild
the -M rack are not available to independent rebuilders but are used
exclusively by ZF in their rebuilding business.  But I believe that the
earlier 5K racks that Jorgen is rebuilding can be substituted for the 20V
rack, ask!

Further, I have always believed that Jorgen's SS pitch is nothing but sales
hype.  Having successfully rebuilt three of these ZF racks, there is
absolutely nothing in these racks that suffers from corrosion problems and
that would benefit from a soft stainless steel sleeve.  Better, ask them
what they use for the high pressure rod seal, which is the only weak link in
the design.  I'd bet that they use the ZF 5K seal kit, and will sell you a
5K rack.

> From: Rbade12 at
> Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 18:13:03 EDT
> To: 200q20v at
> Subject: Steering rack options
> A friend and I replaced the rack on his 89 200. We got the replacement from
> Jorgen and a were very pleased with it. BTW, that job sucked!!! See below:
> for the 5000 series cars)
> Steering rack rebuild - call 800 333 0600,  Jorgen Automotive in Ann Arbor,
> MI. Price is $150 exchange, they put a stainless  steel sleeve into it,
> guaranteed for as long as you own it (are you listening,  Audi?), plus they
> will pay 
> for up to three hours labor for whoever installed it  if it fails - now THAT'S
> a guarantee! (Mention the Audi list!)
> Have not used them yet, but spoke to them and they definitely seem to know
> what they're talking about. YMMV, usual disclaimers.
> My rack is leaking to the tune of about a cup of green gold a week, so Jorgen
> will soon be getting my spare to rebuild.
> Check the archives for R&R procedures - there are some tricks to make  this
> miserable job a little less so.
> Best Regards, 
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