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Well, its only been 20+ years living with the steering "clunk"; long overdue for rebuilding/replacing the steering rack.  It now seems, and sounds like the clunk has gotten worse.

I understood there were vendors who would sell rebuilt racks, with core exchange, but searching on the internet I didn't find a seller.  Can anyone hook me up with where to buy? 

Also, at my age I don't think I want to attempt the removal/replacement myself.  Can an off-the-shelf local auto repair shop handle it?  Otherwise I'm sure my local POCA members could use my car as a fix-it night.

All suggestions welcome.

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I checked at home. Yes mine came from part # 80-70007 AN as I listed above. It was $110.91 back in March of 2016. I have had zero issues with it and to my knowledge it did not require any modification in my 74. My car was built Sept of 73. I am guessing I have put on about 8000 miles on it since then, but no racing or track time.

If yours is a real early car there might be some differences.

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Thank you so much for your information, time and effort. Yes the current
cost for this item is $207. I checked with Wilkinson and he wanted $700!!!

Anyway my car is #4229, very late 72, with small bumpers, but my Pink slip
says 73. I think they started putting the rubber bumpers on about 30 cars
after mine.

I will need to find a shop to do the installation....I'm not capable of
making the exchange. Was there any other parts you had to buy to make it

Tnanks again for all your input.


On Mon, Aug 29, 2022 at 3:09 PM The De Tomaso Forums <>

For $700, Wilkinson is probably selling the late model replacement rack made by TRW Italia. I believe it was OEM in the GT5-S and perhaps even the Si. It looks quite a bit different than the original Pantera rack and has a quicker turning ratio. Wilkinson supplies them with the necessary adapter. If I'm not mistaken, this rack was also used in the Ferrari F40. 

Dennis, I had a shop do the replacement at the time, as I was also getting a ball joint replaced and wanted a full 4 wheel alignment completed. The shop was good with corresponding with me (and I am a pretty hands on and nosey owner, going in the back of the shop etc.)  to my knowledge nothing required a modification.

I should add that while getting the rack installed and a ball joint changed, with an alignment, I also had camber locks installed. The front end was in good shape then and everything was done at the same time.

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