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Unisteer 1928-32 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion

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Specs
Rack Type:
Cross Steer
Turns Lock to Lock:
3.75
Notes
Bolt 926-620220 for this kit.
Unisteer 1928-32 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion
Unisteer 1928-32 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion
Unisteer 1928-32 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion
Unisteer 1928-32 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion
Unisteer 1928-32 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion
Unisteer 1928-32 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion

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Please note the following about this product:

  • This item is sold as a kit.

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Reviews (10)

Q & A (22)

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Info

This is a great new concept for street rods with tubular or I-beam axles. It's hard to visualize how this works, but it's the hottest new idea out there!

Designed to replace the common Vega steering box, this rack and pinion assembly has a long passenger-side tie rod that hooks up to the right spindle like a Vega-style drag link. The rack unit is mounted on a sturdy bracket that bolts to your existing Vega box mount. The rack mounts much lower and farther forward than a box to provide more clearance, and those who have installed the system report quicker steering response and easier effort than a steering box.

The racks have 9/16" 26-spline shafts and the extension shafts are 5/8" 36-spline, just like a Vega box. Plus, our steering shaft extension 910-32244 allows you to reuse your existing steering U-joints and shafts when replacing your Vega box.

Specify 11/16" or 5/8" tie rod thread. The 5/8" is used with a LH heim joint, 11/16" is used with a LH tie rod end. Outer tie rod and jam nut not included.

If you are using heim ends, you may wish to order heim 175-0316 and jam nut 910-01056. If using tie rod ends, you may wish to order tie rod end 910-02919 and jam nut 910-01159.

910-32245 Instructions (PDF)

Cross Steering Tech Tip (Link) 

Notes

This cross steer rack set up is for converting an existing hot rod with Vega steering to a cross steer rack and pinion. It is NOT a direct replacement on an original 1974 Vega. It bolts on in the same location as a Vega box on the hot rod applications and drops the rack lower so the drag link is more inline with the tie rod. It requires an extension from the input shaft to the existing column or u-joint since it is lower than the Vega box. It needs to be ordered for 5/8” heims or Ford Tie rod end for attachment to the steering arm on the passenger side of your hot rod.

This rack is designed to fit the frame widths on the 1928-32 Ford cars and vehicle weight in the 2500 pound range and is designed to work well with a spring over 4" drop axle.

  • Replaces the common Vega steering box
  • Has a long passenge-side tie rod that hooks up to the right spindle like a Vega-style drag link
  • Rack unit is mounted on a sturdy bracket which bolts to your existing Vega box mount
  • Optional steering shaft extension allows you to reuse your existing U-joints and shafts - 5/8" - 36 spline (just like Vega box)
  • Has 9/16" - 26 spline (Input shaft)
  • Specify 11/16" or 5/8" tie rod thread
  • Outer tie rod and jam nut not included 

Note: If not using an extension shaft you will need a 9/16" - 26 spline u-joint.

Specs

  • 3.75 turns lock-to-lock
  • Total stroke of 5.25”
  • From the back side of the frame mount to the end of threads on the Rack is 19.5" 2.0" of that is threads.
  • Drag link tube is 16.5" long
  • Assembled this is 34.0" long with about +1.0" - +1.5" of adjustment.

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
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D W
Verified Purchaser
Iowa

Asked the pros on this one,good fix

October 07, 2016
Perfect fit, This unit corrected my steering problem and was reasonably priced.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Mike H
Verified Purchaser
Michigan

Worth every penny

July 09, 2016
Perfect fit, easy to install. Huge differance in my steering and handling. Be sure you order the shaft extension kit with it. Highly recommend this product. You will not be disappointed.
Pros:
  • 1930 Ford Roaster Pick Up
Yes, I recommend this product.
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none
Verified Purchaser
tx.

very good service

June 30, 2016
good quality
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Colllector
Southern Cal

Rack & Pinion works Great

October 17, 2015
Bought this for a 30 ford coupe hot rod build using a 32 ford chassis. I'm using a ford 5.0 engine and with the oil filter position on the ford engines the standard vega box location wasn't going to work. I bought this unit and ended up installing it about 3/4 of a inch farther forward than where the original vega box was intended to be installed. The end result is that the steering is very easy, tight, and zero end play. If you have even driven an old VW bug, the steering effort is about the same, very light but as said above no play. Feels almost as good as power steering. Love it !!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Jim
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Verified Reviewer
Indiana

Beats a Vega in every way

September 23, 2015
Best invention ever for a dropped axle car.Shortens your turning just a bit.
Pros:
  • Almost Perfect
Cons:
  • Short Turning Radis A Bit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Butch14
Verified Purchaser
Colorado

Works very well

July 09, 2014
This is a great conversion from a vega box for 32s. Had to make minor adjustments for holes to line up for my car. Worked well with the steering linkage conversion kit.
Pros:
  • Great product
Yes, I recommend this product.
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30roadster
Mountain View, CA, USA

Excellent Product

May 10, 2014
The steering in my Model A with the Vega steering box was lousy and felt like it had a delayed response. My 2 friends with hot rods with Vega boxes were not much better. The Rack and Pinion Conversion Kit fit perfectly and steers the car great. Right away I tested for "bump steer" and found NONE !!! The rack fits nicely and doesn't hang down lower the the Vega box did. The only problem I encountered was that with a 4" dropped axle you HAVE TO HAVE the "Unisteer 8050020 Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion Steering Shaft Extension". The layout of the advertizement did not show this and I found it by accident. I also want to add that the people at Speedway are excellent. I was going to get rid of the car because it handled so bad. After installing the rack and pinion kit it is precise and responds accurately and smoothly An unexpected benifit is that now the Model A turns much sharper. Steers like a sports car and accelerates like a hot rod. I'm very happy.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Toeknee
Brookpark, OH, USA

Replace vega box, now no play in steerin

December 24, 2013
Replace the vega box on my 26 T street rod, with this kit, Great quality and easy to install using old vega bracket, could of bought double D adapt kit but just replaced u-joint and new double D. Always had lots of play going over hi-way bridges, all of that is gone now
Pros:
  • no play in steering
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Hotrod32
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naff

May 19, 2013
Bought this several years ago, never put on road but the rubber gaitors have perissed at both ends of both ends. Expensive part but not good quality.
No, I would not recommend this product.
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none
Verified Purchaser
orange,texas

Best straight axle steering

November 19, 2010
my straight axle 1928 ford street rod. improves steering 100%.there is nothing bad about this product.
Pros:
  • Steering is the best
  • Greet product
  • Can't say enough about it
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Product Q&A

22 questions : 28 answers

2 answers

5/8 or 11/16? What is this referring to? I want to buy the 19828-1932 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion for my 1928 Model A Ford. What is the "Size" drop window referring to?

Garagekulture
Whittier, CA, USA
April 26, 2014

5/8 or 11/16? What is this referring to? I want to buy the 19828-1932 Ford Cross-Steer Rack and Pinion for my 1928 Model A Ford. What is the "Size" drop window referring to?

Answers

May 11, 2014
30roadster
This is the inside diameter of the drag ling where it threads onto the tie rod end. Apparently most of the tie rod ends are 1116". I got it wrong my first try.
April 28, 2014
EricM
Pick 5/8 if you have a 5/8" heim joint connecting to the steering arm. Pick 11/16 if you have a 11/16" thread Ford tie rod end connecting to the steering arm.
1 answers

On a new build will I still need a Vega adapter Plate?

LostFords
N.Mississippi
April 05, 2014

On a new build will I still need a Vega adapter Plate?

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April 07, 2014
EricM
Yes you will need a plate welded on your frame that a Vega box would bolt to in order to mount this rack and pinion.
2 answers

Height of drag link? Does the Cross-Steer Assembly have the approx. same height on DRAG LINK ARM as TIE ROD? The drag link on mine with Vega Steering was fairly level with tie rod.

LowSlow
Oregon
July 13, 2013

Height of drag link? Does the Cross-Steer Assembly have the approx. same height on DRAG LINK ARM as TIE ROD? The drag link on mine with Vega Steering was fairly level with tie rod.

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May 11, 2014
30roadster
Yes, mine was the same height. Everything lined up great.
July 15, 2013
Jason
Part number 91032245 has the half rack bracket that mounts to the original Vega box mount. Once mounted the tie rod link will be approximately the same height as the original drag link from a Vega box. Customers that currently do not have a Vega box will need to either get a vega box mount or fabricate a similar configuration in order to keep the tie rod from the rack fairly parallel with the tie rod from side to side.
2 answers

how far is the drag link threaded? I may need a shorter drag link due to the original steering arms. I've been looking at buying the cross steering tie rod end (part # 910-02999). Will this work? Can I cut this to fit? Or can I order a custom length?

FlatheadGuy
April 02, 2013

how far is the drag link threaded? I may need a shorter drag link due to the original steering arms. I've been looking at buying the cross steering tie rod end (part # 910-02999). Will this work? Can I cut this to fit? Or can I order a custom length?

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May 11, 2014
30roadster
I thought my drag link was going to be too long. I turned out that it worked with about 1/4" to spare. In other words, I thought I'd have to cut it shorter or get another drag link, but it worked. Assembly it up completely and see how it fits. If you need a shorter drag link they are available from Unisteer at different lengths.
April 03, 2013
Jason
Tie rod/drag link tubes number 91632504 for example are commonly threaded approximately 2”. If you shorten them past the threads we recommend doing it on the right hand thread end and then simply rethread. The tube is hollow to allow this process. The Cross steer tie rod end has 2” of 11/16” thread.
1 answers

In a new build do you need to use the vega adaptor plate and if so how do you mount?

bently
Hampton, Iowa
March 07, 2013

In a new build do you need to use the vega adaptor plate and if so how do you mount?

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March 08, 2013
Jason
Kit number 91032245 mounts in place of an existing Vega box but if used on a new build you would locate as needed for clearance front to back and height is determined by chassis height in comparison to steering arm height. The rack would be mounted low enough to net the drag link portion fairly level with the tie rod which helps eliminate bump steer. Angle of the drag link rearward should also not be excessive.
1 answers

Can this product be used as a direct replacement for a 1974 vega

Maryland
October 18, 2011

Can this product be used as a direct replacement for a 1974 vega

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October 18, 2011
John
Part # 91032245 This cross steer rack set up is for converting an existing hot rod with Vega steering to a cross steer rack and pinion. It is NOT a direct replacement on an original 1974 Vega. It bolts on in the same location as a Vega box on the hot rod applications and drops the rack lower so the drag link is more inline with the tie rod. It requires an extension from the input shaft to the existing column or u-joint since it is lower than the Vega box. This extension is listed as you scroll down on our website and also in our catalogs. It needs to be ordered for 5/8” heims or Ford Tie rod end for attachment to the steering arm on the passenger side of your hot rod.
1 answers

What is the ratio and stroke of this rack?

October 01, 2011

What is the ratio and stroke of this rack?

Answers

October 03, 2011
John
The information I have available indicates 3 ½ turns lock to lock and total stroke of 5.25”. Ratio is currently not listed but may be obtained from Unisteer/Maval and reference their part numbers 8000500 & 620220.
1 answers

My pitman arm has a 1 inch drop for the drag ling to go under a split wishbone. Do you think I will have to lower the assembly on my present vega mount?

NH.
September 16, 2011

My pitman arm has a 1 inch drop for the drag ling to go under a split wishbone. Do you think I will have to lower the assembly on my present vega mount?

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September 19, 2011
Zach
Speedway part number 91032245. The cross steering rack is designed to work well with a spring over 4" drop axle. It should work with your wishbones, but if you need a dropped steering arm now you might need to move the rack accordingly to make your drag link fit.
1 answers

could this unit be adapted to work on a 1950 chevy sedan delivery?

September 06, 2011

could this unit be adapted to work on a 1950 chevy sedan delivery?

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September 09, 2011
John
This rack is designed to fit the frame widths on the 1928-32 Ford cars and vehicle weight in the 2500 pound range. The drag link length is specific to the frame width to the passenger side steering arm. To use in a different application is possible but the drag link length would need to be ordered in addition per application. The steering arm on the spindle would need to be altered or modified to accept a Heim end and steering geometry issues would need to be addressed by the builder.
1 answers

What is the over all measurement of this Uni-steer rack? From drivers side frame plate to the end of the passenger side end rod?

SOCAL PETE
Ramona Ca
September 01, 2011

What is the over all measurement of this Uni-steer rack? From drivers side frame plate to the end of the passenger side end rod?

Answers

September 07, 2011
QC
From the back side of the frame mount to the end of threads on the Rack is 19.5" 2.0" of that is threads. The Drag link tube is 16.5" long. So assembled this is 34.0" long with about +1.0" - +1.5" of adjustment.
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