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Thread: NA Miata Electric Power Steering

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJ-Molestor View Post
    I don't think that the power steering will affect anything because mazda tunes their steering and suspension well, but I have tried GM's power steering before in the past and it is artificial + overly boosted. I hope those traits do not carry over to your mazda.

    using electric power steering will not sap power from your engine.
    I just realized I missed this entirely. The GM power steering IS completely overboosted in the stock configuration, however this setup allows me to dial in as much or little assist as I want. We spent the 1st event with it dialing it in and it honestly just feels very direct. No numbness or any of the kind of stuff usually associated with bad power steering systems.
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    Over the winter, the power steering mods were completed. We'll have the first test of the full set this weekend.

    I turned up some steering limit stops for the rack on the lathe:





    And then installed the depowered power-steering rack... into my power steering system.



    I really look forward to seeing how it handles with the quicker rack. I imagine the only possible change we'll need to make is to maybe add a touch of assist to the column, but other than that, we should be good to go
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