Stealth Conversions, The Parts Division of JTR (Jaguars That Run)

Headers for Datsun 280 ZX cars
with rack-and-pinion steering

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The Parts Division of JTR (Jaguars That Run)

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Datsun ZX Headers, for Datsun 280 ZX V8 with rack-and-pinion steering

 

Headers for Datsun V8 ZX with Rack and Pinion Steering

Headers for Datsun ZX V-8

280 ZX Headers (rack & pinion steering). 1-1/2" primary, 2-1/2" collectors. (price is per pair).
–Will work with stock heads, but may not fit all aftermarket heads (e.g., Dart).
#ZX-401 - mild steel, $200, including UPS Ground

280 ZX Headers (rack & pinion steering). 1-1/2" primary tubes, 2-1/2" collectors. (price is per pair).
–Will work with stock heads, but may not fit all aftermarket heads (e.g., Dart).

#ZX-401C - ceramic coated, $300, including UPS Ground

280 ZX Headers. 1-5/8" primary, 2-1/2" collectors,
(price is per pair)
. Please also indicate if heads have a D-Port, when adding this item to cart. (d-port usually found on LT1, ZZ3, ZZ4…)
Will work with stock heads, but may not fit all aftermarket heads (e.g., Dart).
#ZX-402 - mild steel, $230, including UPS Ground

Do Heads have D-Port?

280 ZX Headers. 1-5/8" primary, 2-1/2" collectors,
(price is per pair)
. Please also indicate if heads have a D-Port, when adding this item to cart. (d-port usually found on LT1, ZZ3, ZZ4…)
Will work with stock heads, but may not fit all aftermarket heads (e.g., Dart).
#ZX-402C - ceramic coated, $330, including UPS Ground

Do Heads have D-Port?

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 passenger’s side. The outlet is positioned to clear the frame rail.

The header on the right goes on the driver’s side. The outlet sticks out about 1-1/2" more than the outlet on the passenger’s side.

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 engine block.

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 :

1. Crossmember

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).

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