Steering

1979 Mustang Steering

Steering

The 1979 Mustang was offered with either manual steering or optional power steering. These systems were based off of the 1978 Fairmount, and were phased out in 1984 when Ford made power steering standard. Today, you probably don’t think of manual steering as a desirable feature, unless you’re looking for a better feel and connection to the road.

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1979 Steering

Ford’s manual rack and pinion steering in 1979 was somewhat difficult to manage by today’s standards. It had a 24.9:1 ratio with 4.1 turns lock-to-lock. In other words, you had to turn the wheel a little more than 4 times to completely turn the wheels from one direction to the other. Ford’s power steering option, on the other hand, had a 20:1 ratio and only 3.1 turns lock-to-lock. This made turning and controlling a Mustang much easier. For reference, most modern passenger vehicles fall in the radio of 12:1 – 20:1.

Upgrading your 1979 Mustang Steering System

If you’re about to tackle a repair to your 1979 Mustang steering system and performance is your ultimate goal, you may want to upgrade to a 15:1 quick ratio manual steering rack. Drivers with this type of manual steering will benefit from increased control with only 3.34 turns lock to lock.

If your 1979 Mustang came equipped with power steering, you can reduce weight with a high performance manual steering rack. Manual steering systems tend to give drivers a better sensation of what the road truly feels like and are known to have better handling at higher speeds. However, turning the wheel at lower speeds can be a bit of a workout. Still, many driving enthusiasts prefer the feedback and connection that occurs with manual steering.

If your 1979 Mustang steering system needs work, check out the variety of options available here at CJ Pony Parts. Our massive Mustang parts catalog contains all the steering parts you need, including:

• Steering Shaft Assemblies for Power or Manual
• Various Rack and Pinion Steering Systems for Manual and Power from Flaming River
• Inner Tie Rod End for Power Steering
• Outer Tie Rod End for Manual Steering
• Tie Rod End Boots
• Power Steering Adapter Fitting
• Power Steering Hose and Hose End

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If you’re ready to improve your 1979 Mustang’s steering system, find all the parts you need at CJ Pony Parts. And if you’re unsure of which parts are right for you, just give us a call to speak to one of our Mustang experts. Our team is here to help you find all the right parts to upgrade your steering.

As soon as you order your 1979 Mustang steering parts, our team will make sure that your order ships out fast and free. Order your parts today and get ready to take control and feel connected to the road.