I just dropped off my buggy at a R&D subcontractor to Unisteer in Cleveland Ohio, as a test mule, for them to develop/market a kit for all Revolts.
Mine has a 2:1 steering quickener already and is a real bear to steer.
My buggy is precise and not twitchy at 70+mph without power and just the quickener now.
One of the greatest benefits of power steering, as I understand it, is the elimination of bumpsteer and sudden impact feedback to the steering wheel.
They told me there units are torque input sensitive and offer little to none assist at speed. Thus I/the kit should retain good feel and feedback at speed.
Initial thoughts are to connect the quickener output spline directly to the lower 36 spline u-joint at the rack/box thus leaving enough room for their unit above that and below the bearing support.
This will pretty much take up the entire shaft between the u-joints
A few questions remain that they need feedback on.
1) Would you guys prefer quick 1 turn lock to lock (like mine) or stay with the slow stock steering?
2) Should they bother to develop kits w/o the quickener or just one kit?
3) Are the XL's steering shaft geometry/dimensions the same/similar?
4) Any other thoughts, interest or questions?
They said mine should be done by 9/24/11
I will find out how long from prototype to production in coming weeks.
I will also ask about a group buy if interest grows.
Let me know.
Got my Revolt back, friday with electric power steering from Unisteer. Works near effortlessly.
Today I got the rear brakes separated with the use of a FL400/Pilot rear master cylinder. Not a pretty setup but works.
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