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 Post subject: heavy power steering
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:18 am 
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Does anyone know if its possible to make the steering a little lighter in my Falcon FG?

I'm okay with it, but when my wife gets into the car from another she says the falcon feels big and heavy and I want her to like the car as much as me. :) She didn't used say that with our (sold) AU.
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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:38 am 
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the only way is to run slightly higher tyre pressure in the front...
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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:09 am 
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I see,
and on the same line of thinking, I suppose, in theory, a larger steering wheel.
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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:16 am 
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Yes, but will you be able to tolerate a steering wheel size increase on the eyes?
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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:29 am 
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79raven wrote:
Yes, but will you be able to tolerate a steering wheel size increase on the eyes?


Exactly, where would you get one that was compatible?
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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:49 am 
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johntolhurst wrote:
79raven wrote:
Yes, but will you be able to tolerate a steering wheel size increase on the eyes?


Exactly, where would you get one that was compatible?

I am not sure my good man about different models compatibility with your car to keep it stock but could only offer maybe an aftermarket solution and in turn you would lose steering wheel added function buttons and have to deal with a boss kit pushing the steering wheel closer. I will have to leave a better answer to the community. I hope you come up with a solution because although I hate the old " happy wife" saying its true. Good luck
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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:00 pm 
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The wife might need some.....uummmm.....arm muscle toning type exercises...????.... :?
Either that, or put some skinnyer rims/tyres on it.

 

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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:38 am 
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+1 38-40psi in the front tyres
+1 arm muscle exercises for the wife

My AU steering feels way over-powered, and my EF steering feels under-powered, so I suspect it's just the way it's designed, and not much you can do about it.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:23 pm 
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Run 2 power steering pumps lol. Or somehow increase the line pressure. I doubt these options will work lol, but I thought I'd mention them anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:43 pm 
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Gab1 wrote:
Run 2 power steering pumps lol. Or somehow increase the line pressure. I doubt these options will work lol, but I thought I'd mention them anyway.

Gab

I would have thought the line pressure was controlled by a pressure limiting valve of some type, as the pressure has to be adequate at whatever engine revs.
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 Post subject: Re: heavy power steering
Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:59 pm 
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Gab1 wrote:
Run 2 power steering pumps lol. Or somehow increase the line pressure. I doubt these options will work lol, but I thought I'd mention them anyway.Gab

Line pressure will work - that's how SSPS on the EL Ghias and NL Fairlanes work, a solenoid valve on the return port either restricting or permitting pressure.
The pumps are a variable demand type anyway, i.e. they'll supply more pressure going out to L or R lock, and minimal pressure at centre position.
The racks are variable ratio too - meaning the rate of turn is less on straight ahead, than at full lock.

 

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