Electric power steering retrofit, anyone had it done?

Electric power steering retrofit, anyone had it done?

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aeropilot

28,903 posts

208 months

Sunday 18th August 2013
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hot metal said:
Is everyone going soft ? wink
It would seem so.

72twink

961 posts

223 months

Sunday 18th August 2013
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aeropilot said:
It would seem so.
Graham, one of the SL boys has just gone EPS on his hillclimb car, each event he raves about it just a little bit more!

Mark A S

1,649 posts

169 months

Monday 19th August 2013
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I thought like others that EPS was for “poofs” when I built my Mk 2. However after going to one particular rally venue where there are endless small straits and 90 lefts and rights, my shoulders started to ache !
As I am not in my 20’s anymore!! I decided to fit one of Roger Hicks superb EPS systems to my Mk 2, blimy what a difference. It still has all the same feel as before, just lighter, REALLY well worth it especially is you run a lot of castor and wide slicks.



I would say that on a road car with normal 185 ish tyres you would not need it, but it is Very adjustable to suit .


nta16

7,898 posts

215 months

Monday 19th August 2013
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Mark A S said:
I thought like others that EPS was for “poofs” when I built my Mk 2.
I thought all those that drive in motorsport were all very macho but now I know I'm wrong - perhaps they're just "butch"

ian2144

1,645 posts

203 months

Wednesday 17th December 2014
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I have a kit on order from Power Steering Solutions for my Sunbeam Lotus

TonyRPH

11,702 posts

149 months

Wednesday 17th December 2014
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Does the electrical system need 'beefing' up in any way to cope with the additional load?

My son has a 1.6 Astra which I think has electric power steering, and when turning the steering at parking speeds (in the dark with headlights on), the load on the electrical system is quite noticeable. Unless there is some kind of fault with it of course.


//j17

4,030 posts

204 months

Thursday 18th December 2014
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I wouldn't imagin the load was that great - it's just an electric motor after all.

Of course I'm used to driving a 70's car where I can hear the tickover revs drop if I put my foot on the brake pedal vs. hand brake!

aeropilot

28,903 posts

208 months

Thursday 18th December 2014
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ian2144 said:
I have a kit on order from Power Steering Solutions for my Sunbeam Lotus
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ian2144

1,645 posts

203 months

Thursday 18th December 2014
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aeropilot said:
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I don't except your red card....any thing that helps me hold on to the back end has got to be a bonus. High ratio rack, LSD to be fitted as well. The power steering is adjustable or you turn it off altogether, it all fits behind the plastic cowling, so it's out of sight.

aeropilot

28,903 posts

208 months

Thursday 18th December 2014
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ian2144 said:
aeropilot said:
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I don't except your red card....any thing that helps me hold on to the back end has got to be a bonus. High ratio rack, LSD to be fitted as well.
I stand by my red card.

I don't understand why anyone would want to bugger around with one of the great things about the car, the steering and steering feel. EPS robs steering feel, and it's not as if it's needed. I had a works 2.2 rack on mine, and yes your forearms knew about it when parking the thing, but it's not a shopping car and once on the move it was shear perfection.

It weighs under a tonne, why on earth do you think you need PS! If anything, wrecking the precision of it's steering means, you'll have less chance of controlling it, not more.


ian2144

1,645 posts

203 months

Thursday 18th December 2014
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aeropilot said:
ian2144 said:
aeropilot said:
redcard
I don't except your red card....any thing that helps me hold on to the back end has got to be a bonus. High ratio rack, LSD to be fitted as well.
I stand by my red card.

I don't understand why anyone would want to bugger around with one of the great things about the car, the steering and steering feel. EPS robs steering feel, and it's not as if it's needed. I had a works 2.2 rack on mine, and yes your forearms knew about it when parking the thing, but it's not a shopping car and once on the move it was shear perfection.

It weighs under a tonne, why on earth do you think you need PS! If anything, wrecking the precision of it's steering means, you'll have less chance of controlling it, not more.
The other half also drives the Sunbeam, and got to keep her happy. I have friends and family that are involved in rallying over in Ireland. All the cars they have prepped in the last few years have power steering.

The car can be returned to standard at any time......!!

Mark A S

1,649 posts

169 months

Friday 19th December 2014
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aeropilot said:
I stand by my red card.

I don't understand why anyone would want to bugger around with one of the great things about the car, the steering and steering feel. EPS robs steering feel, and it's not as if it's needed. I had a works 2.2 rack on mine, and yes your forearms knew about it when parking the thing, but it's not a shopping car and once on the move it was shear perfection.

It weighs under a tonne, why on earth do you think you need PS! If anything, wrecking the precision of it's steering means, you'll have less chance of controlling it, not more.
In my experience, EPS Does Not rob any steering feel at all, maybe you should try a car with one fitted, you will be surprised smile
I agree, on normal none too wide road tyres, its not needed, but when you run wider slicks etc, it is!

ian2144

1,645 posts

203 months

Friday 19th December 2014
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Mark A S said:
In my experience, EPS Does Not rob any steering feel at all, maybe you should try a car with one fitted, you will be surprised smile
I agree, on normal none too wide road tyres, its not needed, but when you run wider slicks etc, it is!
My car is running on 205 Toyo 888's

Mark A S

1,649 posts

169 months

Friday 19th December 2014
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I reckon you made the right decision fitting EPS then smile