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MANUAL VS POWER STEERING COLUMN CONNECTION

The new style manual Mustang rack and pinion kits and all of the power Mustang rack & pinion kits use the same column connection and the same column modification. The new manual Mustang rack part numbers consist of 8001090-01, 8001110-01, and 8001120-01. These are center take off racks. The old kits have end take off racks.

Both of the 60-65 Falcon rack and pinion kits come with a new steering column shaft, but they are both slightly different from each other.

The new manual Mustang kits, power Mustang kits, and the manual 60-65 Falcon kits will fit with nearly any header.  Most headers will fit with the 60-65 power Falcon kit.

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Does Unisteer Sell Steering Arms?

No, Unisteer does not sell steering arms separately. Steering arms do come included, and they are necessary, with our Tri-5 rack & pinion, our 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967 Chevy II rack and pinion kit, and our 1967, 1968, and 1969 Camaro, and 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 Chevrolet Nova power rack & pinions. If you already have our rack and pinion and need steering arms you can send us a picture of your rack and a copy of your invoice from your original purchase and we can sell you the steering arms as a special order.

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Foamy Fluid?

If your fluid is foamy or if it has air bubbles in it make sure you have correctly bled the system for air. If you have and it is still foamy then this means your system is sucking up air while running. If your pump is making noise this is also made because of the air. If you have a leak in the system then you will have to fix the leak and this should solve the problem. If you do not have a leak it does not mean that the system is not sucking up air. You will have to check all of the fittings, crimps, and connections that are in your system to make sure they have a perfect fit. These are the most common areas for air to be sucked in. It is a hard task to find the air leak but if you have any questions always feel free to give Unisteer a call at 1-800-338-9080 and we will be happy to assist you.

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What type of fluid should I use in your rack and pinion kits?

All of our power rack and pinion kits use regular power steering fluid.

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Wiring your Electra-Steer power steering

Q: I have one of your Electra-Steer power steering kits and need to know how to wire it. Do you have a diagram that I can use?

A: You can use this Universal document to wire your Electra-Steer power steering and to find trouble codes.

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1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964 Ford Full Size Rack & Pinion Power Steering Conversion Kit

Our 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964 Full-Size Ford Rack and Pinion Kits are ready for purchase. We do not have any ready to ship, but we can take orders and we will ship you the first one available. Click here  or give us a call for details at 800-338-9080.

These rack and pinion bolt-in power steering kits retail at $1599.00 and come complete with everything needed for installation including;

  1. Rack and Pinion with mounting bracket, tie-rod ends, and hardware
  2. Power Steering Pump with brackets, pulley, reservoir, and hoses
  3. Column Shaft Kit including u-joints and hardware for original column
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TC Pump Backorder

If you have an order that involves one of our GM TC pumps then expect it to take slightly longer to fill. This is just a temporary delay and we will have it resolved shortly. We take pride in our top quality and are making sure that every pump that leaves our building works to your liking. All of our pumps come with a limited lifetime warranty and are used by many other top automotive manufacturers. If you have a question regarding a pump you can call us at 1-800-338-9080 and we will be glad to assist you.Thank you all for your patience.

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2008, 2009, 2010 Polaris RZR UTV Doors

We finished the Polaris RZR UTV Doors for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 models! We have plenty of pictures of them in red, but they come in just about any color. They have a solid frame too, so they will hold up to an accident.

Doors are a necessary item for safety in your RZR UTV because they keep objects from coming in and they keep your legs from falling out. I once saw a man stick his leg out on a roll over and the UTV crushed him.  Polaris RZR UTV doors will help you protect yourself from yourself!

Our doors attach to the frame and roll bar of the Polaris RZR  in locations where there is no drilling or welding needed for installation. The RZR doors have an easily accessible safety latch and will open as far as you need. Plus, they give you the full length of the doorway unlike some other brands that make you pay extra for this feature. You can order the Polaris RZR UTV doors on our website by clicking here or give us a call at (800)338-9080. One of my favorite things about these new Polaris RZR UTV doors, and one of the most important, is that they look good too!!!
Unisteer UTV parts in red. Also shown is our windshield and soft top cover.

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UTV Tires and Air Filters - Two Lessons from Glamis on MLK Weekend

Over MLK holiday weekend, it was back to Glamis!  Having had some experience in the desert it was less of a shock to me, yet still a blast.  I learned a few more things about camping in the desert but also about caring for the Unisteer Kawasaki Teryx.  I learned 2 simple things that can help keep a UTV running at peek performance in the desert.  First, you do not need to have true sand tires to keep your UTV from digging into the sand as I did on my first trip.  My big all terrain/mud tires worked; all I had to do was let some of the air out of my tires.  This provided my UTV  with more traction due to increased surface area of the tire.  I kick myself now because after doing it I realized that I had done this before.  (During a trip to the deserts of Namibia, my family and I had to do the exact same thing when we got our truck dug into the sand.)  Second, I found that it was important to change the air filter often while riding in the desert.  If the air filter gets clogged up with a lot of sand and dust, it robs the UTV of power and takes away from the performance.  These are simple common sense ways to keep your UTV running in tiptop shape.  During this trip I also had the opportunity to ride along with some truly experienced dune riders who showed me the capabilities of these amazing vehicles.  Given that I have never really ridden in the dunes, I am still pretty hesitant behind the wheel, but this ride was nothing short of amazing.  We were running pedal to the metal across the dunes and I could almost reach out and touch the sand as we careened around a dune, that is if I hadn’t strapped myself down as tight as possible into the 5 point.  While it was a blast, I still feel I need a lot more experience before I take our Teryx out with those guys.  Over all, it was another good trip to Glamis and a great way to start off the New Year.  I am looking forward to Presidents Day weekend when I will be back in action at Glamis.

Mad Max

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How does Unisteer's Electric Power Steering Electra Steer work?

Our electric power steering system is called Electra-Steer. Electra Steer is a compact electric assist unit that reduces steering effort up to 35% compared to manual steering. These kits include the motor, computer, wiring harness, and mounting hardware. This electric power steering kit is limited for vehicles up to 3,000 lbs. It runs off of your vehicles existing 12 volt charging system. The only other items you will need for the universal electric power steering kit are two couplers or u-joints. The input and output shaft size and spline count is a 9/16-30 spline. For further directions on the Unisteer electric steering kit please download our installation instructions by clicking here and selecting #30. 

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UTV Industry Trends -- From the trenches of Colorado

As I wander around the country from event to event, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the fine people that make our sport a reality.  Everyone from event coordinators to UTV dealers of every kind have different views and opinions about how the industry is progressing through the challenging economic period our country is facing.  

On a whole, many of the people, especially dealers, see the UTV industry slowing down.  It would seem, and justifiably so, that people are cutting back on their passion for UTV’s as well as ATV’s until things become more stable.  It is sad but true that one parts manager I talked to was a hero to his bosses for only being down 7% in sales this year.  

Even with the present situation there is still optimism and hope within all facets of the industry.  Dealers and Event coordinators alike feel that this storm will pass and none of them seem to be worried that their doors will close any time soon.  Even with the decline across both the retail sales of vehicles as well as aftermarket products, people are still getting out to do what they love and dealers and manufacturers are able to keep providing for their passion.  With the New Year will come new opportunities and growth and everyone seems confident that things will only get better.  

For now I will have to be content with the snow, that is at least until Martin Luther King Day in January, when I can get back to the dunes of Glamis.  

Mad Max

 

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Post Glamis Kawasaki Teryx UTV Clean Up

It has been a week since my first experience at the Glamis Dunes.  After spending $5 in quarters at the quarter vacuum of the car wash, I was finally able to get all of the sand out of the Kawasaki Teryx.  I am pretty confident that most of that sand was gathered while digging my UTV out of the sand.  

Now that I have had time to reflect, I have spent time thinking about what I was missing and what I will need to take with me when I return in January.  One thing is for certain, I will take a thicker sleeping bag.  I was just barely warm enough in the back of the Unisteer Trailer, and I don’t want to underestimate the desert in the dead of winter.  

After blasting off from Glamis, I took my show on the road.  I spent a week in Logandale, Nevada.  During the week, I visited UTV dealers in southern Nevada and southern Utah.  On a whole it was a productive week spent showing our products to dealers and generating interest in Unisteer Products.  

Overall Glamis was wicked.  I cannot wait to get back into the sand and sun but for now the snowy mountains will do.  Back to snowy Colorado…

Until next time,

Mad Max

For more information on Unisteer's UTV parts for extreme riding  click here

 

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Glamis First Reaction - The UTV Extravaganza

Roaring across the desert in the Unisteer F-250 with trailer in tow, I could feel the excitement of Glamis rising within me.  This being my first trip to the desert I had no idea what to expect.  I knew I was drawing near by the simple cautionary yellow road signs of only one word. Dips. Crossing the train tracks I entered into what was hourly becoming a small city.  Thousands of RVs and trailers stretched across the imperial sand dunes, and I was quite certain I had arrived in the dune capital.

As a mid-westerner, I had never really ridden before in the desert or in the sand.  The trails of the east are beautiful, no doubt, but the sand and the dunes are a whole different animal.  One of the things that really struck me was the whips. (For those of you not familiar with California law, whips are flags on very thin polls that attach to the vehicle and are required when riding in the dunes.)  Having hastily installed my own whips only days before, I was shocked by the variety of sizes, shapes and different logos found on this necessary accessory. 

Now it was time to test my metal in the desert.  I set out for a short ride through the dunes to see what whoops really felt like. (Whoops are really just a bunch of small dips right in a row. The name comes from the sensation you feel when taking them at speed. Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!)   Inevitably, I got stuck with my rear tires dug into the sand.  With a helping hand and friendly advice to “hit the gas” and not stop I was off again enjoying the sunshine.

During the day it filled me with pride to have people drive up to the trailer with their UTV’s and call out that they absolutely loved their Electra-Steer! It was also rewarding to help riders get back out to the dunes by providing them with our replacement rack and pinion, Rackzilla.  The chilly nights were spent around a warming fire with hours of laughter and libations.  I can truly say that the location, people and entire atmosphere of the event was extremely enjoyable and I am looking forward to my next trip to Glamis in January. 

Until then it’s back to Colorado.

Mad Max

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After riding my UTV, I noticed some slop in the steering. Is this normal?

UTV's have rack and pinion steering that don’t normally generate slop unless something is broken. On most utility vehicles, slop in steering normally occurs because the rack & pinion housing itself is cracked under a boot. Look over your steering rack to see if there are any cracks or if anything is loose. Remember you may have to look under the steering boots also. If your rack is broken, then consider upgrading it to the Rackzilla, a heavy-duty UTV replacement rack. You can view the Rackzilla replacement racks carried by Unisteer by clicking here.

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Will your Rackzilla work with my long travel kit?

Yes, we have some kits especially made just for certain long travel kits. If we do not have a kit already designed for your long travel, we can make one at no extra charge. To learn more about Rackzilla click here.

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What kind of warranty comes with Unisteer products?

All Unisteer products, except electrical components, come with a limited lifetime warranty. Electrical components come with a 1-year warranty. For more on our return policy and to download a return form click here.

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