If you have tiny hands, maybe. My hands do not fit there on my 4.6 cars, and you have an intercooler to deal with, iirc.
That's what I wanted to hear. Lol. Hopefully I can get back to working on it friday.With both intercooler pipes out of the way, there is plenty of room to get to that fitting from the top. It is tucked away slightly under the motor mount, but pretty easy to get to once the intercooler pipes are removed.
From experience: DO NOT use regular rubber-core AN hose for the power steering high pressure side. It will fail. PTFE-lined hose, like Russell Powerflex is the way to go.What size is that braided AN line? Is it a teflon liner? Just curious, i see different materials offered for liners. I went with PTFE line for fuel, but that was to avoid gas smells/leaks over time. Thanks
I am not familiar with anything beyond the 4.6.
But I did this in my effort to do the tech upgrade mentioned: View attachment 52095
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It might not appear that I did this mod with the engine installed, but I did. It was indeed a PITA, mostly getting the fitting into the pump without cross threading, that took a few tries and a few fittings to get right. The aluminum yields to the cast iron every time.
The only other thing I have is that I removed the variable assist valve. That stiffened the steering at low speeds but also removed the "mush" you can feel at low speeds. Being underdriven 25 %, it sometimes take a touch of throttle to ease the steering into action at low speeds. The end result is a more solid and linear feel to the steering. Getting rid of 5 feet of hard line and all my annoying leaks was the goal. I replaced all that hard line with 10" of stainless, a good tradeoff.
I also replaced all my front control arms, uppers, lowers, inners, outers and the rack itself. The hubs are upgraded to 94-04 Mustang as well.
Best of luck, I hope this helps.