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Alberto

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I'm removing parts from a parts car and plan on removing the steering rack to keep as a spare.  The steering rack on the parts car is a power steering unit.  My car has a manual rack.  

 

Are the steering columns themselves interchangeable?  Do you need to pair the PS rack with the PS column?

 

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Mazda only lists one set of steering column parts (intermediate shaft 32-90B, 32-850 steering joint, 32-100 energy absorber shaft). In particular 32-850 is the steering joint the part that connects between the column and the rack input shaft, there is only one version.
 


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It is common to swap just the rack, inclusive of tie rods. I’m not sure on all years but the inboard end of the tie rod is different between manual and power.
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PS: NA and NB racks, columns, and subframes are not compatible (not that anyone would ever run such a thing).
 


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