Headers for Datsun V8 ZX with Rack and Pinion Steering
The Datsun 280ZX with rack and pinion steering can use the headers
shown above for the V8 swap.
The header on the left fits on the passengers side. The outlet
is positioned to clear the frame rail.
The header on the right goes on the drivers side. The outlet
sticks out about 1-1/2" more than the outlet on the passengers
The outlet fits between the frame rail and the steering, not between
the steering shaft and the engine block.
Block hugger headers will not fit between the steering shaft and the
The headers are available with 1-1/2" primary tubes or 1-5/8"
primary tubes. 1-5/8" headers are available in D-port.
The collectors are 2-1/2".
The headers are available plain or ceramic coated. The ceramic coating
costs an additional $100, and is well worth the cost due to reduced
heat radiated into the engine compartment, as well as improved appearance,
and durability. The ceramic coating will not discolor or change in appearance.
Converting to Rack and Pinion Steering
1979–1981 ZX cars with power-assisted recirculating ball-and-roller power steering can be converted to rack and pinion steering.
1979–1983 ZX cars without power assist came with manual rack-and-pinion steering. This is the simplest and lightest steering system, but it requires high steering effort at low speeds, such as when parking. Once the car is moving, steering effort is ok.
Power assisted rack-and-pinion steering came on 1982-1983 ZX cars with power assist.
Converting a 1979-1981 ZX that came power-assisted recirculating-ball and-roller steering to a rack-and-pinion steering is a bolt-in swap. It is often easiest to get the parts from a wrecking yard. The following parts must be obtained from a 1979-1983 ZX with rack-and-pinion steering :
2. Steering rack
3. steering shaft
4. steering coupler and bolts (which connect the steering column to the steering shaft)
5. tie rod ends
6. power steering hoses from ZX (if using power steering).