There are lots of posts about the differences in early and late Mk2s, the lousy Burman vs the later Marles or Adwest, necessary mods to cross-member noted. Because I couldn’t find a later PS box when I restored my car 10 years ago, I worked up a manual rack and pinion conversion by using a spare front suspension with the springs removed to figure the ideal length and location of the rack so as to minimize bump steer. I wanted a power rack, but the length turned out to be too short to allow for one As I recall, 4" shorter than the xj6 based kits), and I had to go manual. This has worked ok, but I’m having a few issues. The clearance to the pan is very tight, and with a bit of engine mount settling, I note that a bracket bolt is now starting to erode the oil pan (yikes!). Two, I used e-type metalastic mounts between the rack bracket and subframe, and I think it’s too soft, as I have some straight line wander that is uncomfortable. Last, I’m getting older, and it really would be nice to have power steering - yes I know that I could add electric assist, but I dread working under that dash - it’s a tight fit already.
So, I’m considering options and wondering if there is anything new? If I keep my current setup, I’ll put 1/2" shims under the engine mounts and replace the metalastic pieces with urethane. If I could find a good late ps box or an aftermarket box that would work, I’d think about ditching the manual rack. I rejected the XJ6 rack conversions initially as I thought (still do) that it’s just too long to give proper steering geometry.
Any thoughts? Thanks