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Old 06-26-2014, 10:02 PM   #1
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SVT Steering Rack

Is an SVT steering rack different (ratio wise) from a non-SVT rack?


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Old 06-26-2014, 11:57 PM   #2
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Yup - quicker ratio.

'Fraid I don't remember the specs.
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The steering rack ratio is the same for SVT and Standard focus 16.0:1

The main difference in the SVT steering, is the power steering pump It is a higher pressure pump "power-assist" (gives the steering wheel a more weighted feel). The SVT rack has a turning radius of 27 feet where as a standard focus rack has a turning radius of 23-24 feet. The SVT rack has steering stops to keep the 49mm offset SVT wheels and 215/45 17 tires from rubbing the inner fender linings on full lock. so with a SVT Rack your turns will be wider due to the stops. If you want the better feel you will need the pump.
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Curses - confused again.

Quicker "lock to lock" doesn't translate to a different ratio apparently - a spec. I found hard to find.

Found different reasonings quoted for the shortened steering movement as well, from not hitting the fenders to not flexing the different axles as much at full lock.

One comment claimed the different PS pump was a variable output unit, to firm up steering at higher speeds.

Too many "quicker steering" comments over the years gave the wrong impression.

Tx qweesy for setting me straighter & forcing some more research. Still didn't find all the answers I was looking for.
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