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The "Ain't no chick car as I like to say!" is a good description of
the steering for my Cos. Had some decent weather and a chance last
week and run her on a challenging road, I don't think I have a
problem. Really wouldn't want any softer steering. It does turn 4.4
lock to lock and am running 60R-13 tires. Now that I think about it
my old mans 69 Malibu, that I learned to drive on, with no power
steering, was this challenging too. I guess I have been spoiled by
all those cars with power steering.
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> The standard 20.9:1 steering gear (22.5:1 overall when the linkage
> taken into account) yields about 4.4 turns lock to lock.
> The over-the-counter 16:1 steering gear that was available in the
> seventies and eighties will reduce that number (on the car) to
> 3.3. Out of the car the limits of ball nut travel will yield about
> one more turn than when installed in the car with the steering
> If you haven't driven a vintage car in a while, a CV can appear to
> have heavy steering, especially at low speed, and the 16:1 box will
> definitely require a lot of effort for parking manuevers. Ain't no
> chick car as I like to say! At normal driving speeds it should not
> excessively heavy, but will require more effort than modern power
> steering cars, especially in sporty driving where rapid and large
> steering inputs may be required.
> You can check for bind by raising the front end off the ground and
> running the steering from lock to lock. The steering wheel should
> rotate freely with no binding at any point.
> Low tire pressure can cause heavy steering, and I recommend a
> of 32 psi, preferably 36. Also, caster other than zero will
> steering effort, but within the range of adjustment on the Vega
> chassis, this will not result in a major change. One final point
> that wheels with significantly different than OEM offset can cause
> increased effort. Offset less than the OEM 0.45" will increase the
> scrub radius, which is the lateral distance between the point where
> the steering axis intersects the ground and the center point of the
> tire contact patch.
> An interesting historical note is that standard Vega 5" steel
> have 0.20" offset. All optional 6" wheels including the CV wheels
> have 0.45" offset, which reduces the scrub radius, reduces the
> measurements by 0.5 inch, and places a premium on inside rear
> clearance with some of the wider 205/60R-13 tires. My suspicion is
> that the increased offset of the 6" wheels was designed in to
> the scrub radius for less steering effort.
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