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Old March 11th 2007, 21:27
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Question 1979 vw rack or porsche rack

hey i have a 1302 and a 1303, and was going to do a rack and pinion conversion on both of them . I heard of people putting porsche 944 racks in their beetles. l was wondering if there is any advantage in the porsche rack , or should i stick with the vw 1979 rack. maybe one is easier to retro fit than the other, or is one of them is just better than the other one.
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Old March 17th 2007, 19:47
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l was wondering if there is any advantage in the porsche rack
well, i'm no expert but i think it's obvious that the porsche rack is better because it's a "porsche" rack , and for the fitment, i don't know if it works, but i've seen a lot of people here converting 1303 boxes into golf(rabbit) r/p, and it seems that it runs better, i'm not sure of the fitment either, and what needs to be done to convert, as i didn't do it before(i'm willing to), so if anyone done this or know how, please reply...

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Old March 18th 2007, 14:24
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jus cus it's porsche rather than vw dont make it any better!! using a rack that will work PROPERLY is far more important than where it came from! 1302's and 1303's need a special rack to suit there needs, mainly cus of the length of the track control arms, plenty of people have fitted later 1303 racks, '75 on, on to earlier super beetles. including me.do a search on this site.
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Old March 22nd 2007, 22:01
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thanks

I was starting to think that no one was going to reply.I got some picks of the project, check out some attachments.this is jays 1972 super.
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File Type: jpg vwr&pinion.JPG (61.1 KB, 76 views)
File Type: jpg vwstclearance.JPG (52.6 KB, 65 views)
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Old March 23rd 2007, 16:26
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hey 1303r, did you have any problems with the steering shaft? i was wondering because it looks like i have to cut away some of the body around the steering nuckle. one more question, do you have the brackets for the rack on yours? i was just wondering what they look like so i can fab one up.
maybe there some angle that we don't know about that makes the rack work properly.
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Old March 23rd 2007, 17:03
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hey, the second pic you got up is the 1303 rack with brackets. i aint got any pics of mine. yeh had to wack the hole a lill bigger for the steering shaft and also dent the bulkhead a lill too. lol. not much is nessercary thou! on early 1303's and all 1302's you gonna have to make your own captive nuts to bolt the rack to anyways, not to hard but one more job. al
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Old March 26th 2007, 15:38
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hey 1303r, did you have any problems with the steering shaft? i was wondering because it looks like i have to cut away some of the body around the steering nuckle. one more question, do you have the brackets for the rack on yours? i was just wondering what they look like so i can fab one up.
maybe there some angle that we don't know about that makes the rack work properly.
I had to get the complete steering column for the year of the rack when I did the conversion because it's slightly longer and then all the clearances came good....
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Old March 27th 2007, 10:41
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yeh, i forgot to mention that. i also used the complete column for the steering rack car. it is about an inch or so longer. still had to make hole bigger thou.
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Old March 27th 2007, 19:13
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great replies

thanks guys, we were just talking about how far away the steering shaft is from the rack. i think were only about 1-1.5 away. does anyone know if the 1303 column steering shaft is longer than the 1302? and if its going to fix the problem? still working on it ,maybe something will come to mind soon..
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Old March 28th 2007, 13:20
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eh? yeh see above. the rack and pinion equiped cars had a longer steering column! don't think there is a difference between 1302's and early 1303's. only the rack equiped later 1303's. mind is an early 1303 and i had to swap the whole lot over.
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Old March 28th 2007, 19:28
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night and day

:agree: thanks guys , the steering rack is in. i have to try to talk to someone who has a steering column shaft for sale. we welded a extention on old shaft, but scared to try to do any real driving on it. man, i got to say, installing the rack in the bug was the best thing you could do to the suspention. it is really nice, and it hasen't been out of the garage yet.
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