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Old 08-07-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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Question about torque steer and a Torsen

I just recently bought an '07 ZX3 with the 2.0 Duratec and 5 speed and can't believe how much torque steer the thing's got through 3rd gear. Maybe I just suck at driving small cars, but from WOT in 1st, shift, to WOT in 2nd, shift, to WOT in 3rd the dang car pulls all over the place.

Is this actually torque steer I'm dealing with here or what? Would a Torsen help me out with this issue? I'm kinda scared to drive it in the wet/ice with this sort of thing going on. I want predictable handling, WOT or not!

I've installed a torsen before and absolutely loved it, just not in a fwd car....


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Old 08-07-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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Made it worse when i added mine.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:22 AM   #3
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Torque steer occurs because the power is transferred to the wheel/side with the shortest axle shaft quicker than one with the longer shaft. This is common on fwd because the drive wheels are the same as the steer wheels. So, adding a torsion bar to a fwd car wouldnt really make too much of a difference, as it would on a rwd car, because on rwd the axles are generally the same length. Hopefully this info helps you out?
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Torque steer occurs because the power is transferred to the wheel/side with the shortest axle shaft quicker than one with the longer shaft. This is common on fwd because the drive wheels are the same as the steer wheels. So, adding a torsion bar to a fwd car wouldnt really make too much of a difference, as it would on a rwd car, because on rwd the axles are generally the same length. Hopefully this info helps you out?
Is he not asking about a Torsen Differential?
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It would seem that way, yes.
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maybe some suspension would help dont think your stock focus should be pulling you allover the place because of the lack of TQ it actually has
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Is he not asking about a Torsen Differential?
Yeah i see now. Reading comprehension fails me.
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It's not super bad where I'm out of my lane or anything, but it's weird in comparison to the mostly rear wheel drive vehicles I've had for the last few years. Not used to such a responsive little car! :D
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