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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:05 pm    Post subject: Disassembled / Reassembled the power rack Reply with quote

I'm doing the rebuild of the westy rack. Here is stage 1
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lotsa rubber rings and 3 seals. I am going to try to source the parts locally. $90 for a kit kinda takes the smarts out of doing it your self when a rebuilt is only $150 more.
More to come.............
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill: At some point I'm going to have to do this as well. I've already got a torn boot.

Loosk good. Please post lotsa pictures because I have no idea what I'm doing! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is my 3rd time over 10 years on this. Perhaps it will make the Stickeys.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill,

How's this project coming along? Who do you get the kit from? Kida lazy here, is there a good break down procedure in the Bentley, or do you just figure it out? Any special tools needed, or just the usuall extensive home VW set? how are the other one you rebuilt holding up?

Sorry for all the questions, but $90 is still cheaper than $250......and I've got two leaky racks.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sourced the parts locally, thanks Willy at ECI, $75 and last one left. Bentley doesn't cover it, I just took apart.
You need to make a tool to take it apart. Reassembly is easy, I took photos but the focus was off. I'll write it up when I get the time. Reassembly takes about 1.5 hours.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here we go:
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loosen the internal nuts to remove the seal housings.
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Clean every thing and lay out the parts in order of removal.
If the center shaft is rusted, pitted or scored STOP, it's toast buy a new one.
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this is the center point: C clip,spacer,spacer with bushing and rubber ring inserted inside,spacer then C clip.
The sleeve:
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Bushing chamfer faces inside the sleeve then the seal, spring side facing you.
Sleeve to the shaft
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install the plastic bushing then the rubber ring. leave the 4 point shim on when cleaning, no need to remove it.
Sleeve and shaft to the driver housing
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Passenger side housing
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Seal, spring side facing you, plastic bushing, metal spacer with chamfer facing you , plastic bushing.
Replace the 2 rubber rings on the outer housing, slide the outer housing onto the shaft assembly. Install the other 4 point shim, slide the pass side seal assembly onto the shaft and tighten the internal nuts
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Done, attach the arms,boots and rods. plug and play.
That was fun Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy sh*t, bill - this is amazing. Fantastic! Thanks!!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the love of the Samba gods, please make this a sticky!

One question Bill, can you post a pic of the "tool" you have/made to remove the "internal nuts"?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stickilicious.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mighty Art how about a sticky for this one?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Disassembled / Reassembled the power rack Reply with quote

Bill W wrote:
I'm doing the rebuild of the westy rack. Here is stage 1
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lotsa rubber rings and 3 seals. I am going to try to source the parts locally. $90 for a kit kinda takes the smarts out of doing it your self when a rebuilt is only $150 more.
More to come.............


Where could I find a rebuilt for $150? Or something close to that.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will keep bumpin' til I get an answer. Don't make me get all poo on ya'. Surely somebody has replaced their rack on one of these things.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No $150 rack exists.Unless you build it. Stop bumping.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, did u feel any difference in your steering after the rebuild? I'm trying to determine whether I need to rebuild mine.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Disassembled / Reassembled the power rack Reply with quote

dbo550 wrote:
Bill W wrote:
$90 for a kit kinda takes the smarts out of doing it your self when a rebuilt is only $150 more.


Where could I find a rebuilt for $150? Or something close to that.


What Bill says is the parts are $90 but you can get a rebuilt unit for $150 MORE for a total of $240. RockAuto has a wholesale closeout for $211.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

90 Dollars for a seal kit? Do you have a part number or a source for these? Mine's leaking.

I have a manual rack I'm thinking of installing, but I have to find the intermediate shaft for a manual rack.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm selling the seal kit here: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=989323 Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone have experience with the $30 Gates seal kit? GATES Part #348522
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Bill!

Hey Thanks for the rack and pinion post. I need your help I encountered a problem with the aluminum housing pasenger side, when I tighten the internal nut slaming the thing with a small shisell (Well actually hiting it gently... Laughing ) and a hamer it does not tighten enough... the aluminum housing it is in its place but even when I have tighten it it keeps turning...

edit: Oh and by the way the internal nut is all the way inserted in to the aluminum housing !!!

thanks in advance for your speedy reply.
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