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This is a discussion on What did you do with your Trans Am today? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; this is way cheaper the a manual rack. $169 vs $600 Thank you Turbo guys!!...

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    this is way cheaper the a manual rack. $169 vs $600

    Thank you Turbo guys!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    this is way cheaper the a manual rack. $169 vs $600

    Thank you Turbo guys!!
    Very true about the cost difference. I would have to figure out another location for my catch can since it sits in the alt relocation spot. Another reason I am considering a manual rack is that it removes more drag from the drive belt without that pulley and pump there. Not to mention frees up some more room in the engine bay. Decisions are hard, haha.

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    Crap I knew looking at it something was bugging me. I got a catch can also.

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    I've been considering a manual rack as well. I wonder how would a manual rack fair in a road race scenario?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    I've been considering a manual rack as well. I wonder how would a manual rack fair in a road race scenario?
    While I don't have any direct experience with RR, I would imagine that it might be a little more tiring on your arms in the corners. Although the way I understand it, the Madman rack is supposed to be very close to a powered rack in terms of ease to move the wheels. Other than at a dead stop of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decadence75 View Post
    While I don't have any direct experience with RR, I would imagine that it might be a little more tiring on your arms in the corners. Although the way I understand it, the Madman rack is supposed to be very close to a powered rack in terms of ease to move the wheels. Other than at a dead stop of course.
    Yeah that is what Jeremy (ls1camino) told me as well. So by that it shouldn't really have much if any impact during a RR event since I would be moving, I wouldn't think it would anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Yeah that is what Jeremy (ls1camino) told me as well. So by that it shouldn't really have much if any impact during a RR event since I would be moving, I wouldn't think it would anyways.
    You are probably right as to it having little or no impact on the driving itself unless you were looking to drop a little weight off the car. Or if you want to eliminate the need to worry about over heating the PS fluid.

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    On another note, I drove her to work for the first time since I finished the T56 swap. Cruising down the interstate at 75 mph in 6th gear I was only running at 1500 rpm, haha. Go go auto gearing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decadence75 View Post
    You are probably right as to it having little or no impact on the driving itself unless you were looking to drop a little weight off the car. Or if you want to eliminate the need to worry about over heating the PS fluid.
    Yes to both and to clear up the engine bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Alternator relocate kit. I'm tired of replacing alternators that burn out from the PS pump location on our cars.
    Did i miss something, or is there no spring belt tensioner? There must be a screw jack on the back of the alt to keep tension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RONS98TA View Post
    Did i miss something, or is there no spring belt tensioner? There must be a screw jack on the back of the alt to keep tension.
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    The Madman Manual Rack has a higher drive ratio so turning is almost as easy as with a power steering rack. Also, once the tires are moving, I barely notice the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    The Madman Manual Rack has a higher drive ratio so turning is almost as easy as with a power steering rack. Also, once the tires are moving, I barely notice the difference.
    Even with 275s up front? Meaning no reason to run skinnies? Do you think this would be fine to use on a RR track? I really want to delete it but if it would be more of a hindrance on a RR track I won't, the same with ABS (except I am definitely doing that). I am also getting rid of my air bags and putting a smaller wheel in place of the stock steering wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Even with 275s up front? Meaning no reason to run skinnies? Do you think this would be fine to use on a RR track? I really want to delete it but if it would be more of a hindrance on a RR track I won't, the same with ABS (except I am definitely doing that). I am also getting rid of my air bags and putting a smaller wheel in place of the stock steering wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    Yeah.
    Well then that decides it for me I will be doing PS delete.

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    so Will when does the Wolf Cage get added?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    so Will when does the Wolf Cage get added?
    When I get the engine and suspension/drivetrain stuff taken care of most likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Well then that decides it for me I will be doing PS delete.
    When I get my car up and running, you are more than welcome to come take it for a quick spin to test out the steering before you spend the $600+ on the setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    When I get my car up and running, you are more than welcome to come take it for a quick spin to test out the steering before you spend the $600+ on the setup.
    Cool thanks man.

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