Clamp and brace
Taliaferro clamp and brace kit. The aluminium clamp eliminates the play
of the steering rack, and the brace reinforces the attachment so the load
is not placed on the firewall alone.
Clamp and brace
An older design by MP Performance, it's not available for sale anymore.
It also had some clearance problems with the brace (see below).
Under the hood
Raise the car. Locate the top bolt on the steering rack clamp and remove it.
In theory, the lower nut can also be removed with the front wheels on the
ground, but it much easier from below (raising the car also gives you the
access under the fender for the brace). Undo the lower nut and remove
Left: a clamp from the 94-96 900. Right: a clamp from the 97-2002 900/9-3.
Apparently, when the rack design changed in the 1997, Saab kept the clamp
and increased the size of the bushing. As the result, newer cars have the
rack attached by a piece of jelly. Below is the MP clamp for
94-96 900. The clamp for newer cars would be smaller in size and have a
greater effect on reducing the play in the steering.
Install the new backing plate and the clamp. The steering rods and hoses
on top of the rack make it difficult to insert the clamp from above, but
t's quite easy from under the car. Attach the hose tie -- it used to be
under the clamp, but it didn't seem to fit well under the MP clamp.
Shown here is the Taliaferro clamp (the engine is removed on this car ;).
The clamp is very thick, so it comes with an oddly shaped lower nut to
accommodate a short stud under the steering rack.
Locate the top right rivet around the opening for the tie rod. If you can't
just pull it out, cut it from under the fender,
and the head will fall out on the engine side.
Attach the brace to the clamp using the bolt that's supplied with the
kit. The bolt is longer than the original to compensate for extra thickness
of the brace. It also has threadlock on it. Do not tighten the bolt yet.
Attach the other end of the brace to the fender and tighten the nut on it.
It seems like a good idea to apply some loctite on the thread too.
Tighten the clamp to 18 ft-lbs. This picture also demonstrates
how the Taliaferro brace is designed for extra clearance above
the steering rod. The following two images show what happens if there
is not enough clearance.
If the brace is straight, it cuts right across the steering rod window.
A couple of months after installing my first brace, I discovered that the
rod was hitting the brace in sharp turns. The brace had a major clearance
Here's the brace off the car. You can see that it's visibly bent and
If you want to further firm up the steering, you can replace the driver
side steering rack bushing. It's located right next to the steering
column at the firewall, under the fuse box.
If your car is not all apart like mine, you might find it easier to
access the bolts through the steering rod opening.
Once the clamp is off, pull the rubber bushing that wraps around the
Powerflex makes a nice polyurethane replacement for this bushing,
catalog part PFF66-412 ("Steering rack mounting - flat bottom").
Apply the grease supplied in the kit and put the bushing on.
Tighten the clamp to 18 ft-lbs. If you removed BOTH clamps, attach the
driver side first.