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Old 02-12-2009, 06:47 PM
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Power Steering Questions - HELP

My project is a BBC in an "89" S10. I am getting really close to finishing it up for the drag strip in March 09. The front end is stock with the power steering box still installed. I am seriuosly thinking about putting a pump on and having power steering. I know it will rob some power but I want it to steer easily. My question is, can I install an aftermarket racing pump using the stock steering box or would you recommend a stock pump? I like the look of the aftermarkets with remote resevoirs but I was not sure if the stock steering box would hold up to those or not. Any input?

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why ? you just going straight , right ?
you got the rear locked up ? it'll hop you around .
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If that's the best answer I can get here, I'll have to ask somewhere else that can actually help me. Don't bother.
Thanks anyway.
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If that's the best answer I can get here, I'll have to ask somewhere else that can actually help me. Don't bother.
Thanks anyway.
you sound like the guy i know , always trying to lighten the load for the track , running 4 quarts of oil instead of 5 , scrapping off all the tar and under coating , sand off all paint and apply only one coat of paint to lighten up the car ,but then he's at the food stand gobbling down three cheese burgers and 5 sodas before the race .

if it's a street truck , put a pump of your budget on it , any will do .
but get rid the box and go with a rack steering kit for best .
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you sound like the guy i know , always trying to lighten the load for the track , running 4 quarts of oil instead of 5 , scrapping off all the tar and under coating , sand off all paint and apply only one coat of paint to lighten up the car ,but then he's at the food stand gobbling down three cheese burgers and 5 sodas before the race .

if it's a street truck , put a pump of your budget on it , any will do .
but get rid the box and go with a rack steering kit for best .

Nope, you surely don't know me. It pisses me off that someone ask's a simple question on here and then someone has to step in and start making smart remarks (like you). It is not a street truck and I don't have the money to put rack & pinion steering on it. That's the whole reason why this is called "Hotrodders" isn't it. Some people don't have the money to pay to have things done or to buy the best of everything, we do what our wallet will let us do. I appreciate your suggestion in the last part of your reply but everything before that is un-called-for.
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Any of the aftermarket pumps as well as the gm cavalier style pumps will work.If the pump does not put out enough pressure to let it turn easily you can change the spring behind the relief piston in the pump to a stiffer one from a heavier vehicle to bump the pressure. It is located behind the fitting for the high pressure line and just screws out.By the way I weighed the power steering box from my malibu and a manual s10 one it saved me maybe 10 lbs.Probably should have stayed power and went on a diet instead. My motto is build more power then the weight won't matter as much. Hope this helps ya out.
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Any of the aftermarket pumps as well as the gm cavalier style pumps will work.If the pump does not put out enough pressure to let it turn easily you can change the spring behind the relief piston in the pump to a stiffer one from a heavier vehicle to bump the pressure. It is located behind the fitting for the high pressure line and just screws out.By the way I weighed the power steering box from my malibu and a manual s10 one it saved me maybe 10 lbs.Probably should have stayed power and went on a diet instead. My motto is build more power then the weight won't matter as much. Hope this helps ya out.

Thank you Barnym17. That is the kind of help I was looking for.
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Yep. the Cavalier pumps are remote reservoir style.
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