The Maval group had an intense interest in performance cars and their aftermarket potential. For many years we supplied front-end manufacturers, and chassis builders with custom rack and pinions. Seeing this opportunity, Maval brought in a well-known hot rod executive in to launch a new division known as Unisteer Performance Products. The plan was to design new and different products instead of simply copying what others were doing. We couldn’t ignore the negative feedback that the builders were giving us concerning the commonly used “Vega” steering box. Many people were asking for an improved box, but instead we had a more radical idea. We put together a modern rack and pinion kit that could be fitted to a solid axle front end. The new Cross Steer system was created and the new design was well received. The Cross Steer won best new product of the year awards, and more importantly high praise from the car owners who bought & installed them.
The guys at Unisteer soon realized that there was a demand for more kits like the Cross Steer, and turned their focus to classic & muscle cars. The cars of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s have a real need for steering upgrades. The challenge was and continues to be to engineer systems that match the factory suspension geometry using modern day steering gears. Most of these cars use very long control arms, which narrows the suspensions pivot points and requires a very narrowed rack and pinion. Some people think that it is as easy as taking an “off-the-shelf” parts store rack and pinion and fabricate a bracket to mount it to their vehicle. It’s NOT that easy, if the rack and pinion unit used does not match the suspension exactly, you will experience “bump-steer”. The dreaded bump-steer is the condition that occurs when your wheels have a tow change when they leave the pavement (such as hitting a bump). This tends to make your car want to pull to one side whenever it hits a bump or dip in the road. To date, we have designed and offer kits for 1928-40 Ford Streetrods, 1955-57 Chevy Cars, 1958-64 Impalas, 1967-69 Camaro/1968-74 Novas, 1962-67 Chevy II/Novas, 1970-81 Camaros and Trans Ams, 1965-70 Mustangs, Mopar B/E bodies, 1960-65 Falcon/Comets, 1964-72 Chevelles, and 1982-04 S-10/GMC Sonomas.
Our kits are all simple bolt-on units and significantly upgrade the vehicles handling. Most of the kits are available in either power or manual steering and can be ordered with all the needed components for installation. We also offer a complete line of steering related products such as power steering pumps, pulleys, brackets, hose kits, steering boxes, and steering columns, as well as our leading polished stainless steel u-joints and shaft kits.
We continue to research, develop and add new kits to our expanding product line and we welcome any and all product requests.