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Dirt Freak

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posted April 08, 2003 09:02 PM  
anybody tried to drive a dirt track car with no power steering? is it possible? i have a manual steering box off of a 70 camaro i was just wondering if it would work, would seem like a lot of weight off of the front end and no thrown belts and no blown pumps.... any thoughts guys?

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted April 08, 2003 09:21 PM  
My brother ran his without power steering for a few races. He said he could feel the track better, but it wore him out trying to fight it all night. I personally wouldnt try it.

Smith Racing Team

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posted April 08, 2003 10:53 PM  
i tried this once last year. On the clock, because i was fighting the wheel a lil bit it actually slowed lap times. It does have better feel, but in my opinion its not worht it

Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 09, 2003 09:14 AM  
ya i tried it my arms felt like lead and didnt finnish well ill keep the power steering

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted April 09, 2003 09:30 AM  
Careful not running the power steering.

If either of your wheels take a lick, it could break your arm.

But you will have a few extra ponies.

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posted April 09, 2003 12:06 PM  
odb93 is right. several years ago i used to run without power steering. a guy clipped me in the left front wheel and sprung my left hand. it took 6 months for me regain strength in that hand and it still bothers me occasionally even now.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 68
posted April 09, 2003 02:42 PM  
I ran manual steering all last year in my mustang and thought it was great, good track feel, but a little tiring after a main. You get used to it after a few races though. I'm going to run it this year too, but like the other guy said, watch your hands when you get hit, it hurts!!

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posted April 09, 2003 03:08 PM  
Years ago I ran the older chevelles that had manual steering. If you quicken the steering it isn't that bad but the fellows that talked about the wheel taking a finger off or busting a wrist are very MUCH correct. The funny part is I ran those chevelles for 8 years and nothing like that happened but my arms sure got pumped up.

The Big Dawg
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted April 09, 2003 07:24 PM  
you can run with no power steering,and once you get going it steers pretty easily,I used to run like that in a latemodel.But,one night a guy slid in to my lf tire on the start of the race,and it jerked the wheel so hard it snapped a bone in my wrist.No power steering is very unforgiving on your body when you encounter a front collision with the front end.Power steering takes a way most of the jolt,that otherwise your arms and wrist would take.

Dirt Forum Racer

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posted April 09, 2003 10:44 PM  
If you are going to do it without, use the steering box made for power, they have a quicker ratio,just connect the hoses together or connect one hose back to the box.

Dirt Freak

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posted April 10, 2003 07:41 AM  
I must be lucky been runnin without the pump with power box .Been hit in the front but must not have been hit right yet.When I was running a pump the belt came off and I didn't even know it.The manual box will have to many turns end to end so if yuor are going to do with out run a power box.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 243
posted April 13, 2003 09:31 PM  
thanks for all the input, i think ill leave the power steering on it!!

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