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    Can you change the steering box to a rack and pinion without changing the cross member?
    Im of the opinion you cant but just want to clarify

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    You actualy need a custom crossmember. But from memory I think the AE71 crossmember will do the job good enough. I havn't done it.

    But beware that there is lots of stuff to swap over to do the job right, including some cutting of the firewall.

    You would need to swap over the whole steering colum and maybe even the pedals also, and modify the firewall a bit.

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    yes but u need to cut the rack mounts off a a or k series mount and reweld them on the t series mount

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    so if i got a full steering setup from a ke70 at the wreckers it would do with a few mods

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    yes

    But be warned that you need the whole steering colum, and maybe the pedals also. And some cutting of the firewall, and maybe some drilling etc.

    And check the clearance between the rack and the sump of the 3T-C.

    You can do anything with these tools (and you will need them):
    strong bench
    strong metalwork bench vice
    big hammer
    hacksaw
    welder
    drills
    files
    cold chisel
    tin snips

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    PM JHS, He's done the swap.

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    that was with a a cross member and he put the 4age in.^^
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    i have also done the conversion with a 3tc....

    you do not need a custom crossmember at all...

    what you will need..

    KE70 Crossmember
    KE70 Steering Coloumn
    KE70 Steering Rack
    T18 Rubber Engine Mounts
    TA23 Steel Engine Mounts
    T18 Steering Coloumn Shroud...where it bolts to the firewall...

    bolt it all together...

    no need for any other parts...

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skid Kid View Post
    i have also done the conversion with a 3tc....

    you do not need a custom crossmember at all...

    what you will need..

    KE70 Crossmember
    KE70 Steering Coloumn
    KE70 Steering Rack
    T18 Rubber Engine Mounts
    TA23 Steel Engine Mounts
    T18 Steering Coloumn Shroud...where it bolts to the firewall...

    bolt it all together...

    no need for any other parts...

    cheers
    Thanks bud. very helpful

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    ta23 engine mounts are next to impossible to find. Might just go 4age

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