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Wondering about power steering for my '76 2002. My wife has a hard time steering when she starts out and even in some slow turns. I saw a unit a couple of years ago but can't remember anything about it. Does anyone have power steering added to their '02, what has been your experience especially from almost zero "roll?"

 

Lilli is automatic as my wife can't drive stick any more. Would the automatic complicate things?

 

Thanks, Steve

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Something I haven’t seen covered in previous threads is the Prius power steering outlined here https://www.thedrive.com/news/41845/toyota-prius-power-steering-works-in-almost-any-project-car

 

I only heard about this from the samurai community where it’s wildly popular for larger tires and slow speed rock crawling. It seems the part is available fairly cheaply from several sources and is a simple install. 

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There have been many who intended to add p/s but I know of no one who has produced a working example. For now 165/13 70 series tires well inflated and a stock steering wheel make it easier. The auto trans has no part in this. As a rule never turn the wheel of a stopped car power stearing or not but we all do a some point.

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1 hour ago, Son of Marty said:

There have been many who intended to add p/s but I know of no one who has produced a working example. For now 165/13 70 series tires well inflated and a stock steering wheel make it easier. The auto trans has no part in this. As a rule never turn the wheel of a stopped car power stearing or not but we all do a some point.


+1

 

(165/80 13 originally)

 

Best regards,

 

Steve C. 

 

 

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The factory wheel offset makes for light steering, compared to anything wider.  I went from e21 wheels to stock and the difference was noticeable.  I also installed a larger (stock) steering wheel at the same time though, so the improvement was amplified.

 

Another option might be some sort of exercise program to increase her strength.  :) 

 

 

 

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Here's an option:

https://easysteer.co.uk/

 

It appears they redesign their site recently, and in doing so removed all the relevant content. Go figure.

 

Regardless, this is a vendor who manf electric assist steering solutions. I seem to remember on their old site seeing one of their DIY kits installed in a 2002. The nice thing about this kit is that it gets added to the existing steering system so if you don't like it, you can easily go back to stock.

 

Might be worth looking into. 

 

Good luck, James

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Easy Steer have been doing electric conversions to 02s for years, Mich at Derby Classics in Holland is a reseller and has fitted a few. Friend whose coming on the Provence Tour next month has it in his wide body stroker - been meaning to take it for a spin to see how much feel has been lost, will report back. Porsche took years to engineer a good electric conversion (according to journalists) that retained the feedback of their earlier 911 manual systems, so I can't imagine a system like this is too good in that respect.

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16 hours ago, TobyB said:

Isn't there also a way to use a Saturn electric power steering column?

 

My father in law put the Saturn electric power steering in his enduro car to reduce fatigue. He's happy with it. I've not driven it enough to comment on the impact it has had on the feel, feedback, character, etc that everyone always whines about with electric steering. I do wonder about the amp draw of the motor paired with the tiny race car battery, but no issues so far.

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