Project EP3 Civic Si: Fixing the @$#%! Steering for Good with SHG Motor Works!

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With the clip removed, the boot can be slipped to the side to give us access to the slider. 
 

With the boot pushed back, the slider can now be accessed.  It simply lifts out of the rack housing.
 

The SHG Motor Works slider is precisely machined of Delrin, which is a superior material to the OEM nylon part.

The major difference between OEM and SHG is that the OEM part is minimalistic and skeletonized with only 4 pads of plastic guiding the rack and keeping it from twisting. The SHG part engages the housing along its entire length and wraps around the rack itself, increasing the bearing area hundreds of times over. 

The SHG slider absolutely keeps the rack from twisting and eliminates the play that causes wandering, squeaking and rattling that plagues the EP3, EM2 and DC5 chassis family of cars. 

These cars also have issues with the rack sticking and being sticky in operation in general and a lot of this can be caused by old oxidized grease. SHG recommends that the rack be cleaned out and the grease replaced with Ford silicone brake caliper grease to help with this issue. 

 

Here you can see the stock slider on the left vs the SHG slider on the right.

You can easily tell how much more bearing area the SHG part has. The stock part has about 1/16″ wear on each pad which was allowing the rack to rotate several degrees.  There is a company in the UK that makes a brass copy of the stock part, but we feel that the brass will dig into the soft aluminum housing and start to wear that out instead. 

We feel that Delrin is a superior material to wear against aluminum in this regard. Also, recently a company in the UK has ripped off the design and is making copies. Buy the original!

 

 

 

 

3 comments

  1. Hi Team,

    This is Kushal from Mauritius and i need your help guys.

    Great explanation, i will be doing it on my Honda soon but something is really bothering me.

    I have already removed the steering unit from the car and it was removed while the steering was in center position.

    My query is that how will i be able to move the slider to the end side to get it out so as i can grab it?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Regards,
    Kushal.

  2. If you already have the unit out of the car all you would have to do is move the dust boot. Take off the band clamp then move the boot enough to go past the slider to do this install.

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