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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:21 pm 
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i have an el v8 ex cop car, Apparently they came with a speed sensitive rack although i have never felt the steering get heavier at speed.
The rack has a fair bit of play and the turning circle is the worst ive ever had in any car(lots of 3 point turns).
Is there any way i can identify if the rack is speed sensitive just by looking at it(extra sensors etc)?

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:40 pm 
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THE POWEER HEAD WILL HAVE A SOLNOID ON THE SIDE OF IT AND A PLUG BUT NO PRESSURE SWITCH LIKE NORMAL RACKS AND THE PLUG WILL BE ROUND 2 PIN

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:44 pm 
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I was pretty sure that speed sensitive steering only increases the assistance at low speeds and doesn't change anything at high speeds.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:19 pm 
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XTT909 wrote:
THE POWEER HEAD WILL HAVE A SOLNOID ON THE SIDE OF IT AND A PLUG BUT NO PRESSURE SWITCH LIKE NORMAL RACKS AND THE PLUG WILL BE ROUND 2 PIN


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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:24 pm 
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MADXF wrote:
I was pretty sure that speed sensitive steering only increases the assistance at low speeds and doesn't change anything at high speeds.


i could be wrong, i dont know anything about it :?

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:37 am 
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Yeah was mainly a feature for luxury models, fairlanes, ltds etc. Gets lighter at lower speeds but I couldn't tell. When you disable it altogether you can DEFINITELY tell.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:57 am 
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I can testify to this as I just replaced mine..

the power head of the speed sensitive one is about 2 inches taller than the normal one..

it does have the round plug and it does make a huge difference........ if you want to see if it is working... get on a straight deserted road and do about 75 km... move from one side of the lane to the other briskly while slowly breaking.. you will notice in at least one spot that it gets noticeably easier to steer as you slow down.
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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:12 pm 
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thanks for the replies :)

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:35 pm 
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It turns out my rack isnt speed sensitive and it also has no sensors or switches that i could see either, how can that be.
Ford says it came stock from the factory with a speed sentive rack, mind you didnt i hear someone say its more a fairmont/fairlane luxo thing.
The car in question is a gli poverty pack.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:38 pm 
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SSPS is only fitted to Fairmont and Fairlane Ghias as far as I know.
It was disabled on the Fairlane By Tickford.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:49 pm 
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yup.. only ghia's have it..

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Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:03 pm 
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And no unless someone, in a moment of rampant stupidity, decided to mod thier poverty pack to take the SSPS. It doesn't have it.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:56 pm 
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cheers, so is it normal to not have a sensor or switch on an el rack?

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:49 am 
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No.. not normal..

all EL racks have at least one plug on it... the normal one has a rectangular plug for pressure sensor.. the ghia one has a round plug on a lead...

all of them have plugs though.. even my EA has the pressure sensor plug.
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 Post subject: Re: Speed sensitive steering
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:17 pm 
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Where is the switch/sensor supposed to be?

 

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