Top 12 steering rack manufacturers

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

The most important unit that is responsible for the safety of driving is the steering rack. Despite the rather long service life, motorists often have to deal with the replacement of this mechanism. Since the cost of the steering rack is quite high, as is its replacement, then the choice of the product must be taken with full responsibility. Experts recommend paying attention to several defining points.

How to choose a steering rack

Varieties. In modern cars, several types of steering racks are used, which differ in design.

  1. Mechanical assemblies are simple and reliable. They are equipped with budget cars, among which domestic brands prevail. The mechanics are distinguished by the most affordable price, and the main drawback is the tight rotation of the steering wheel.
  2. The hydraulic rail is installed on most passenger cars. It is equipped with a power steering pump that pumps a special fluid into the rack. Thanks to such an amplifier, you can turn the steering wheel with one finger, provided that the motor is running. But there is no adjustment of effort taking into account the angle of rotation and speed of movement in this scheme.
  3. The electric rail is completed with an electric amplifier, sensors and a control unit. Sensors register crankshaft revolutions, travel speed and steering angle. The information is processed in the ECU, after which a command is given to the electric booster. The system can be tuned and adjusted, but it is not powerful enough to turn the steering wheel of a crossover or SUV.
  4. The electro-hydraulic rack is a hybrid of power steering and EUR. This scheme is considered the most advanced, it lacks many of the shortcomings of earlier designs. It is essentially an adjustable hydraulic system. But the cost of such a rail is very high.

Features of choice. To replace the existing steering rack, the car owner can resort to one of the proposed options.

  1. VIN-code allows you to find out the designation of the original part, which should have been completed with the car. Knowing the marking of the node, you can pick up not only the original, but also more affordable analogues.
  2. The code of the old rail is easy to find on the case and photograph. He will help you find an exact copy of the part installed on the machine.
  3. If you do not have a VIN code or a rail designation with you, then you can select a unit according to the technical characteristics of the car. To do this, you need to know the overall dimensions, the location of the steering wheel, the type of amplifier and some other parameters of the car.

New or remanufactured rail. Since the steering rack is an expensive device, in some cases you can resort to its restoration. To do this, you should contact a specialized center, where experts will determine the cause of the malfunction, the possibility of its elimination and estimate the cost of the work. If done correctly, a restored rail can last almost as long as a new one. But if only garage masters undertake the work, who do not give any guarantee, then it is preferable to purchase a new part.

Equipment. The steering rack may be sold with or without tie rods, anthers, tips. Buying a complete assembly looks preferable, albeit more expensive. This is due to the fact that after installing the unit “without body kit” you will have to go to adjust the wheel alignment. And this will require additional payment.

We have selected 12 of the best steering rack manufacturers for our review. The most reliable foreign and domestic brands were determined in the competition. When allocating seats, the opinion of experts and the reviews of Russian motorists were taken into account.

Rating of the best manufacturers of steering racks

Nomination a place manufacturer rating
Top 12 steering rack manufacturers 1 Mando 5.0
2 TRW 4.9
3 GELZER 4.8
4 MOOG 4.7
5 HDE 4.6
6 ZF 4.5
7 SS20 4.4
8 GENERAL RICAMBI 4.3
9 HANS PRIES 4.2
10 FENOX 4.1
11 BM 4.0
12 AvtoVAZ 3.9

Mando

Rating: 5.0

MANDO

Mando Corporation is a subsidiary of the famous Korean carmaker Hyundai. In the workshops of this manufacturer, a large range of auto parts for Hyundai and Kia is produced. Initially (since 1962) the company was called Hyundai International, and after 18 years it was renamed. The brand specializes in the production of steering gear, brake system and shock absorbers. Experts draw attention to one fact, the products are supplied to the assembly lines of car factories under the Mando brand, and to retail chains under the Mando + brand. The manufacturer becomes the winner of our rating.

Domestic motorists unanimously declare that the steering rack under the Mando brand should be taken. The South Korean node has the best value for money.

Advantages

  • high level of automation;
  • strict quality control;
  • rich assortment of steering racks;
  • affordable prices.

disadvantages

  • not found.

TRW

Rating: 4.9

TRW

The German company TRW is considered a serious player in the auto parts market. It produces a wide range of auto parts, including steering racks. The abbreviation TRW is an abbreviation for the names of two firms Thompson and Ramo-Wooldridge, it appeared in 1958. The brand has earned praise from experts for its continuous research and development work. This approach allows the manufacturer to be a pioneer in the field of automotive safety. For high-quality manufacturing and product reliability, the brand becomes the silver medalist of our rating.

Russian motorists trust TRW products. Steering racks are characterized by high performance and durable operation. Of the shortcomings, the risk of acquiring counterfeit products should be noted.

Advantages

  • research work;
  • modern production;
  • reliability and durability;
  • a wide range of.

disadvantages

  • there is counterfeit on the market.

GELZER

Rating: 4.8

GELZER

The young German company GELZER is actively promoting its products on the Russian market. In the brand's catalog you can find such complex components as a steering rack, a power steering pump, as well as parts of the steering mechanism. The German manufacturer took an active part in the opening of the Center for the restoration of steering racks and power steering pumps in Russia. Experts appreciated the high quality of products, the use of advanced technologies in production, and the introduction of innovative developments. The brand is in the third position in our rating.

Car owners of different car brands managed to install the GELZER steering rack on their vehicles. No problems were found during installation and during operation. The only drawback is the high price.

Advantages

  • high quality;
  • rich assortment;
  • advanced manufacturing;
  • innovative developments.

disadvantages

  • high price.

MOOG

Rating: 4.7

MOOG

The American company MOOG is a major global player in the auto parts market. It was founded in 1919, and since then the manufacturer has been a leader in the field of automotive components for the chassis. In 2001, the brand received a European registration, having conquered the Old World market in 10 years. The popularity of MOOG parts is increased by regular participation in the Nascar endurance races. The experts took this fact into account by including the brand in our rating. The company's asset includes a rich assortment of steering racks; the catalog even contains units for VAZ cars.

Users speak flatteringly not only about the quality of auto components, but also about an acceptable price. There are alarming signals regarding the short-lived operation of the steering racks. Therefore, the brand is one step away from the top three.

Advantages

  • 229 factories around the world;
  • rich assortment;
  • good quality;
  • reasonable prices.

disadvantages

  • short service life.

HDE

Rating: 4.6

HDE

A large German manufacturer of auto components is HDE. This company also owns the Murato trademark. The manufacturer specializes in the production of budget auto parts. In the catalog you can find steering racks, shock absorbers, power steering pumps, turbines and much more. All products have QS 9000 and ISO 9001 certificates. In 2004, the German concern began supplying auto parts to the Russian market. Experts included the brand in our rating for low prices and a wide range of parts and assemblies. But the manufacturer failed to rise higher due to a small operational resource.

Russian motorists on thematic forums praise HDE steering racks for low prices. But the durability is poor, especially the parts under the Murato brand.

Advantages

  • low prices;
  • a wide range of auto parts;
  • products are certified;
  • good quality.

disadvantages

  • small service life.

ZF

Rating: 4.5

ZF

A fairly narrow range of auto components is produced by a German company ZF. The company specializes in the production of steering racks and power steering pumps. The experts highly appreciated the innovativeness of the products, one of the latest developments was the Servotronic steering rack series ZF, whose operation directly depends on the driving speed. The brand meets the wishes of car factories, making adjustments to the design of its units. Therefore, the manufacturer managed to establish direct deliveries to the conveyors of such auto concerns as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Audi. The hit of the brand in the TOP-6 is explained by the popularity of the products among motorists.

Domestic consumers are pleasantly surprised by the presence of steering racks for VAZ cars in the catalog. True, the price for them is higher than for the products of domestic manufacturers.

Advantages

  • innovative products;
  • narrow specialization;
  • popularity with motorists;
  • high quality.

disadvantages

  • high price.

SS20

Rating: 4.4

SS20

Very high quality steering racks for domestic Lada cars are produced by the Russian company Sistema Tekhnologii. The products are marketed under the SS20 brand. The company began operations in 1993 when the undercarriage repair shop was transformed into a production workshop. The small enterprise was headed by engineers and designers from the defense industry. They applied their knowledge to create reliable and durable structures. The experts gave the brand the seventh place in the rating, since the range of steering racks from the manufacturer is limited.

Car owners of Russian vehicles are satisfied with the reliability of auto components, high quality and a long warranty period (up to 4 years). But motorists would like to see the price a little lower.

Advantages

  • high quality;
  • reliability and durability;
  • ease of adjustment;
  • good handling.

disadvantages

  • high price;
  • modest assortment.

GENERAL RICAMBI

Rating: 4.3

GENERAL RICAMBI

The largest Italian manufacturer of steering racks and power steering pumps is GENERAL RICAMBI. The brand focuses mainly on the European market. Recently, a lot of auto components come from the assembly line of the Turkish branch (prefix N). The products are certified in accordance with international standards ISO 9000 and ISO 9001: 2000. One of the additional directions was the professional restoration of steering racks. Experts advise potential buyers to be careful, since some unscrupulous sellers present remanufactured units as new ones. This fact influenced the place of the brand in our rating.

Many questions are asked by motorists about GENERAL RICAMBI steering racks. They concern mainly the N prefix and the purchase of refurbished nodes.

Advantages

  • there are quality certificates;
  • modern production;
  • high-quality restoration of slats;
  • full set.

disadvantages

  • used rails are issued as new ones.

HANS PRIES

Rating: 4.2

HANS PRIES

The German company HANS PRIES was founded in 1954. The first products of the small enterprise were spare parts for the legendary Beetle. The company built its first warehouse only in 1977, later the area of ​​logistics centers reached 18,000 sq. m. It is here that the packaging of products is organized, which is produced at factories in different countries of the world. Experts note the supply of spare parts to the conveyors of well-known car factories (Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Peugeot). Automotive components are also supplied to the Russian market under the TOPRAN trademark.

Users praise the products of the German brand for their good quality and affordable prices. But steering racks assembled in China come across with defects. Therefore, you should give preference to products from German factories.

Advantages

  • deliveries to conveyors of famous car factories;
  • rich assortment;
  • good quality;
  • reasonable prices.

disadvantages

  • there are defective slats from China.

FENOX

Rating: 4.1

FENOX

The large Belarusian manufacturer of auto parts FENOX has 12 production sites located in Belarus, Russia and Germany. These are modern factories with high-tech equipment. And the brand began its activity in 1989 with the production of a brake cylinder for the VAZ-2105. Due to the shortage of auto components in the Soviet Union, the company quickly increased its volumes and began to expand production. In a timely manner (1996), the Belarusian manufacturer updated the machine tool park, having mastered new units. The high quality of the products is confirmed by international certificates.

Experts note the decent quality of FENOX steering racks. Sometimes repairers have questions about the installation. The feedback works great.

Advantages

  • modern production;
  • a wide range of parts;
  • there are quality certificates;
  • feedback is well established.

disadvantages

  • rail designs may differ from the original.

BM

Rating: 4.0

BM

The Russian manufacturer of auto parts BM has been operating in the country's market since 1995. The company is trying to conquer its niche through affordability. According to experts, the firm's desire to improve the quality of its products and increase the service life of auto components deserves respect. The enterprise has a strict control system at all stages of the technological chain. The brand makes it into our ranking for a wide range of auto parts for steering, braking and engine.

So far, the domestic manufacturer cannot boast of large production volumes. This can be seen in consumer reviews on automotive forums. Although the products have Russian quality certificates, they are bought quite a bit.

Advantages

  • affordable prices;
  • good quality;
  • long service life;
  • tight control.

disadvantages

  • products are little known to motorists.

AvtoVAZ

Rating: 3.9

AVTOVAZ

Steering racks of AvtoVAZ are original products for the entire range of Lada cars. The manufacturer manages to produce quality auto parts at a competitive price. Therefore, when choosing a new steering rack, many owners of VAZ cars give preference to original products. Experts pay attention to three series of auto parts.

  1. Production under the name “Original” is supplied to assembly lines.
  2. The “Sport” class has improved technical characteristics and excellent wear resistance.
  3. To replace the steering racks on cars older than 7 years, units with the designation “Standard” are produced.

The brand closes our rating, since there are a large number of fakes on the domestic market. Therefore, you should carefully examine the proposed part when purchasing.

Advantages

  • competitive prices;
  • good quality;
  • several versions of steering racks;
  • durability.

disadvantages

  • modest assortment;
  • a lot of fakes.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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