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    Default Rack and pinion Question.

    Cant seemed to find Stock Rack and pinion bushings any where . I orderd a set and the inside diameter is to small for the 1985 rack bolts . The ones i orderd are poly they fit in the rack but the bolt wont go threw the center poly bushing. Are the ones on a 85 mustang one piece the bushing !

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    all i remember is that ford changed the bolt sizes in 87(?). 85 was SAE and 87 was metric. so buy the correct bolt for what you bought. if i remember wrong i am sure someone that knows will correct me.

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    My '85 LTS used the older style with the big diameter bolts.

    I used an older set of 2-piece Energy Suspension poly bushings, similar to this KIT

    The stock type are a 1-piece rubber with the flanged inner sleeve, like the 2-piece poly kit, with the serrated end that mates to the K-member.

    What poly bushings did you get?
    83 TC "Clone"
    85 Marquis LTS
    86 LTD Wagon

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    My k member has the big bolt. and im finding out its a one piece bushng. I got the poly bushings from lmr two piece but they wont fit over the meatal sleeve and there to big sliding over the bolt with no sleeve .

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    Yeah qikgts i think thats the one i need .

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    You need these to upgrade to the newer bushings/bolts.... And the correct bolts..
    had to drill the hole larger on one side of my K member for these to work.... Very easy to do and alot easier than the older bushings...
    https://lmr.com/item/LRS-3620A/musta...ck-sleeve-8504

    these bushings are tapered and slotted so they are designed to be a snug fit from one side of the K member....
    I upgraded my 83 to an 03 rack with an MM steering shaft....
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    I bought these for my 85gt , because the car was built before October of 84. They are the Prothane ones Name:  20230319_094445_remastered (1).jpg
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    IIRC, my car is 10/84. As notes above it used the early style.
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    qikgts did the g-Kit -22207mb bushing kit slide over the bigger bolts that are on my 85 k member ? mine dosent have sleeves its just a bolt .
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    88MustangGtrob i got those bushings but they wont slide over the old sleeve . and if you slide just the bushing on the bolt its to loose .

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimj View Post
    qikgts did the g-Kit -22207mb bushing kit slide over the bigger bolts that are on my 85 k member ? mine dosent have sleeves its just a bolt .
    It's been awhile but don't recall having to get new bolts.
    '85 GT

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    To get to the basics here... The earlier cars had a different system.. A LARGER ( diameter) bolt that went through the K member/ bushings in the rack.. The early rack had rubber bushings with a metal sleeve on the inside of the bushings the bolt went through... I have tried to remove them from my 83 rack.. No luck, it must require a press

    Later models used a smaller bolt ( diameter) and the K member had sleeves fitted into it, such as the sleeves in the above post.. The sleeve is installed into the K member.. Install two of the four NEWER style bushings on the installed sleeves, install the rack on them, then install the outer bushings...

    I installed a newer rack on my 83 K member... Had some experience with this.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimj View Post
    88MustangGtrob i got those bushings but they wont slide over the old sleeve . and if you slide just the bushing on the bolt its to loose .
    qikgts listed what you need back up in POST #4

    As has been mentioned, the early cars use that big flanged inner sleeve with the serrations on the side that mates to the K-member and a big ass bolt.

    The stock rubber bushings are 1-piece around that flanged sleeve. The poly versions are 2-piece around the same flanged sleeve.

    Buy the Cardone ones that qikgts linked and be done with it.
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    85 Marquis LTS
    86 LTD Wagon

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    Got the Cardone ones and they fit ! Rack is done . thanks everyone .

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimj View Post
    Got the Cardone ones and they fit ! Rack is done . thanks everyone .
    Woo hoo!
    '85 GT

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