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So im building the rally car, ongoing project, and the cooler is super rusty, it doesnt look too great and was wondering if I can get away with not running it? It will just make the steering a little heavier right?? Id like to get rid of it to scrub a lil extra weight too. Comment back, rep for good replies Thanks!!!
 

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powersteering cooler?
i dont even have powersteering
 

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Ah I don't think the stock 'cooler' is doing much as it is. I've had mine off and just looped a piece of hose between the two ends. If its in the way, maybe get a smaller aftermarket cooler, or a junkyard one. Ones that came on SUVs would work perfect and I've seen a lot that are maybe 5X8 or so. Something along those lines would actually do the job and keep fluids cooler.
 

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I read some stuff about losing the pump and converting the power steering into manual too. Seems pretty easy. There are kits that any of us could make to work as a catchall/vent for the pressure that can build up. Others have just plugged it up and pulled the pump and everything else.

Talk about shaving off some pounds, a manual rach is about $75-100 at the junkyard and they fit a wide range of vehicles. That may be the BEST solution for you. I also understand that the PS rack has a tighter turn ratio than the manual. SO making a PS rack into a Manual could be advantageous.
 

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If you plan to run an aggressive LSD anytime in the future, then you want to retain your power steering. The added weight is well worth the gains in driveability.

I just finished installing power steering on my Civic rally car (its a VX and didnt come with power steering) which has a Kaaz LSD and it has made a significant difference.

I would ditch the factory sorry excuse for a cooler and go with a aftermarket cooler as previously suggested. There are several companies out there that make them and most all of them are under $50, I myself went with a Perma-Cool unit.
 
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