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    Default 1983 GT Steering Rack

    Does anyone know how to distinguish if you had performance suspension or not from the factory? I need to replace the steering rack, and would like to know the correct one for my car. Any help is greatly appreciated!
    ~Paul

    1982 Mustang GT
    1983 Mustang GT TTop
    1985 Mustang LX 5.0 Notchback
    1995 Ford F150 SVT Lightning
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    All 1983 GT and Turbo GT had "handling suspension" which included the "constant ratio power steering rack-and-pinion" (15:1 ratio).
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxChassis View Post
    All 1983 GT and Turbo GT had "handling suspension" which included the "constant ratio power steering rack-and-pinion" (15:1 ratio).
    Thank you for clarifying this. My car has the slapper bars, so that was going to be my guess.
    ~Paul

    1982 Mustang GT
    1983 Mustang GT TTop
    1985 Mustang LX 5.0 Notchback
    1995 Ford F150 SVT Lightning
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    What is the SPR code on the rack? That will tell you what application it is from.
    Jack Hidley
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxChassis View Post
    All 1983 GT and Turbo GT had "handling suspension" which included the "constant ratio power steering rack-and-pinion" (15:1 ratio).
    Was it the same for the 1982 GT's? I have a 82 GT (Feb 82) and the rack didn't match up till we tried a part number from a 1981 Ghia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hidley View Post
    What is the SPR code on the rack? That will tell you what application it is from.
    Is there a tag for this on the rack? Haven't taken it out of the car yet.
    ~Paul

    1982 Mustang GT
    1983 Mustang GT TTop
    1985 Mustang LX 5.0 Notchback
    1995 Ford F150 SVT Lightning
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustang4life1985 View Post
    Was it the same for the 1982 GT's? I have a 82 GT (Feb 82) and the rack didn't match up till we tried a part number from a 1981 Ghia.
    Even though the 1982 5.0L had the Handling Suspension package as mandatory/standard equipment that package did not include the 15:1 rack that model year. It still had the 20:1 rack. The 15:1 rack was new for the 1983 model year.
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    See the photo at the bottom of the link below. That shows where the SPR code is printed on the later racks. I'm not sure where it will be on your rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxChassis View Post
    Even though the 1982 5.0L had the Handling Suspension package as mandatory/standard equipment that package did not include the 15:1 rack that model year. It still had the 20:1 rack. The 15:1 rack was new for the 1983 model year.


    Thank you very much for this information. It's greatly appreciated! Always love coming to the forums for advice.
    ~Paul

    1982 Mustang GT
    1983 Mustang GT TTop
    1985 Mustang LX 5.0 Notchback
    1995 Ford F150 SVT Lightning
    www.cardomain.com/id/mustang4life1985

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    These are the ones listed.
    Remanufactured Hydraulic Power Steering Rack & Pinon [Complete Unit]; without Performance Suspension; with Ford Gear
    Remanufactured Hydraulic Power Steering Rack & Pinon [Complete Unit]; with Performance Suspension
    Remanufactured Hydraulic Power Steering Rack & Pinon [Complete Unit]; without Performance Suspension; with TRW Gear

    Looks like I'm getting the one with performance suspension and hopefully it will be the right one. None are in stock and take a day to get. I didn't get a chance to order one last week.

    The door tag on the car shows 9/82 .
    Last edited by mustang4life1985; 08-19-2019 at 04:02 PM.
    ~Paul

    1982 Mustang GT
    1983 Mustang GT TTop
    1985 Mustang LX 5.0 Notchback
    1995 Ford F150 SVT Lightning
    www.cardomain.com/id/mustang4life1985

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