I thought it might be interesting for some people to see the steering rack clamp and brace installed and the parts that were replaced. It’s only a small part, but it’s proof (for those needing it) that size doesn’t matter, it’s what you do with it 🙂
Here’s the image I showed the other day of the kit as per the Abbott Racing website. It looks reasonably big in this picture, but the actual parts would fit quite easily into one hand. One thing you notice when you do pick them up in your hand is that they’re solid. There’s some weight there, which is confidence inspiring.
Here’s a picture of it installed. Please forgive the shoddy labelling. Click to enlarge.
As mentioned, it’s a pretty solid unit, which you can really feel when you drive. Nothing I write here will describe it properly, you need to feel the before and after for yourself.
But one thing that might go some way to showing the difference is to show you all the part this replaced.
As you can see, it’s a rubber unit and it sits inside that U-shaped bit behind, which lends it some solidity.
Note: this is IT. It’s the whole thing. As you can see by the way I’m separating it with my fingers, it’s a comparatively flimsy rubber unit vs a solid metal clamp in the new kit, and there was no brace in the original setup at all. With all of the stress the steering rack is generally under, it’s no wonder the car feels a a little sloppy with the OEM setup.
It definitely feels so much tighter now and gives a much better driving experience because of it.
I love it when you spend money and things actually improve.