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This is a discussion on tight steering within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I've had my T/A for about 4 weeks and one question i've have is about the tight steering. What I ...

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    I've had my T/A for about 4 weeks and one question i've have is about the tight steering. What I mean by tight is its very hard to turn the wheel as compared to my 2008 silverado. My car supposedly has a new PS pump and it doesn't whine or anything but it almost feels like there is no power steering.
    Are they all like this?

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    thats how all the ls1 trans am feel and if you put bigger wheels like i have its even worse.It takes getting used to it, its a sports car.

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    The steering is "tight". I drove my cousin's '01 Vette and his steering was like an old Caddy compared to mine. One finger on the wheel, no pressure needed to turn it. It felt wierd considering it's a Vette.

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    it sounds like it is normal. Thats a good thing.

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    i thought my steering was real tight too when i first got my car, but i guess it was normal..

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    our pumps suck anyways..but yes we have a tight feeling steering response

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    good to know I thought it was weird that my jeep felt easier to steer with 33s, but I chalked it up to it being a sports car.

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    haha i like your avatar.. so smooth

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    I actually like the tight steering especially when pushing it hard in the backroads. My 93 5.0 is a 1 finger driver but makes it.less comfortable when taking hard corners at the cars limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanJM View Post
    I actually like the tight steering especially when pushing it hard in the backroads. My 93 5.0 is a 1 finger driver but makes it.less comfortable when taking hard corners at the cars limits.
    Oh yeah i totally agree. For the handling aspect of it i love the tight steering. I hate it being loose and soft, makes it feel like youre going to crash.

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    The original reason I got this car was I liked the LS1 more than the LT1 look when and the new block design as well as the steering feel were why I chose this over the new LT1 leftover at the lot and the power difference between this and the 98 and 99 mustang GT's and Cobra's I drove. Now with the new springs, struts, sway bars, and 18" staggered wheel setup it has a great solid feel with the tight steering at high speed on the nice backroads out here.

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    Yeah the easy steering is good for my jeep on the trails but I like the tight steering cause it gives me feed back. Where with the loose I think I would cut the wheel way to sharp and over shoot

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    Because larger vehicles such as trucks, large cars, and luxury cars, have fully hydrolic steering. We have hydrolic assist due to the fact that we are sports cars and usually also means we get more feed back from the wheel/road too.. Some setups actually get tighter with speed..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Because larger vehicles such as trucks, large cars, and luxury cars, have fully hydrolic steering. We have hydrolic assist due to the fact that we are sports cars and usually also means we get more feed back from the wheel/road too.. Some setups actually get tighter with speed..
    hmm good info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Because larger vehicles such as trucks, large cars, and luxury cars, have fully hydrolic steering. We have hydrolic assist due to the fact that we are sports cars and usually also means we get more feed back from the wheel/road too.. Some setups actually get tighter with speed..
    What?? no. I can't think of a single vehicle on the road that has full hydraulic steering. Every car (that I know of) has hydraulic or electric assisted steering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    What?? no. I can't think of a single vehicle on the road that has full hydraulic steering. Every car (that I know of) has hydraulic or electric assisted steering.
    I thought/heard there were setups that produced more power than others?. I guess I worded it wrong.. Just that some steering setups turn with less input than others, and react differently according to speed, depending on make model/perf package..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    I thought/heard there were setups that produced more power than others?. I guess I worded it wrong.. Just that some steering setups turn with less input than others, and react differently according to speed, depending on make model/perf package..
    I think I know what you're talking about now. I call it variable assist power steering. You can steer with you pinky finger at slow speeds and have tight, less assisted steering at higher speeds.
    When I think full hydraulic steering, I think rock crawlers and monster trucks that use hydraulic rams to steer the wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    I think I know what you're talking about now. I call it variable assist power steering. You can steer with you pinky finger at slow speeds and have tight, less assisted steering at higher speeds.
    When I think full hydraulic steering, I think rock crawlers and monster trucks that use hydraulic rams to steer the wheels.
    I understand, i did'nt mean anything as serious like rock crawlers use.. My bad..

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