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I am getting ready to buy all of the items needed to install power steering on the MKII. I am using the stock '92 rack and pump. I want to use the Heidts Adjustable Valve (#PS-101). Will I also need to order the Installation/Fittings Kit? I assume I will need to have a set of custom hoses made. Will the installation/fittings kit be necessary if I have to have the hoses made anyway?

Any pointers you can give or experienced pitfalls to avoid would be greatly appreciated.

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Tim,

In general, yes, you'd still need the fittings if you have the hose's made for you. The kit that Heidts puts together is pretty good, and not that difficult to put the hose's together yourself.

There's a list of the items need here http://www.ffcars.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=000403

I paid $243 after S&H for everything. I did end up getting one more item to finish it off (I couldn't get the braided line over the nipple of the return port so I got an AN-6 90 deg which I cut then small coupler off (only the outside) and put in the hose that normally came off the PS Pump. Only about 2" of old return line was used.

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My experience with the Heidt's P/S hose and valve kit wasn't so good; some of the fittings/adaptors didn't match my stock Ford rack and pump fittings. I had a local hydraulic shop braze the AN fittings I needed onto the stock high-pressure fittings so I could get on the road.

Be sure Heidt's has the proper adaptors and fittings in stock and include them in the kit they send you...tell em it's for a Factory Five installation. It'll have the valve, S.S hose, AN hose-end fittings, and adaptors that fit inside your rack and pump to convert them to accept AN tapers. Other guys have had great success with the Heidt's supplied kit, and the adjustable valve is really worthwhile. I think my experience was my fault, for not being sure they were sending me the right stuff.

OR, just buy Heidt's valve by itself, and take your stock fittings to a local shop. They can put together the fittings and hose you need, and braze on any adaptors you need. I did that with my first FFR pretty cheap (didn't use S.S. hose), and it worked perfect. Can't find any pics of the first car P/S setup., but there are some P/S pics of the new car if that would help, at Phoenix pics

Good luck with your build, you'll LOVE the Mark II and IRS.
 
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