Well after having a power steering assist rack in my car for seriously years.... it's actually hooked up and working! Yes! At first I thought manual steering would be better for autox, more feedback which I thought would help car control. After a buddy I raced with suggested I listen to the Cone Coach podcast (I love podcasts, from science to racing they are all really fun.) One of the hosts mentioned if given the choice even in his stripped out race only Miata he would never remove the power steering. He says something to the effect of.
"Yes, maybe the manual car being lighter and having more feel could do a theoretical do a faster lap, overall... Although, given the few runs we get, it's better to have a car you can drive to it's full or almost full potential ever lap. Not hope for a hero run."
Also note he's a SCCA regional champion and says his Miata is the heaviest one in the class. Some things he says don't pay to remove.
I agree. I find myself on some courses grabbing wheel and just basically turning as hard as I can, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Also trying to shift can be tricky with really heavy steering. The race this weekend was canceled due to weather. I'll know soon how I like it! I didn't do the best install every. Just used some junk I had laying around. Since I will be boosting the car soon. I figure I can clean things up and respray the bay then. Some pics of the project.
First issue... No belt room
So I just moved the motor back a little. Seems every project requires the mill!
The lines are of a 86 weird how they bolt right up to the SR pump!
My helper passed out.
No test rides yet. You can see it covered in snow. My siblings came by and helped me dig it out and get it in the shop.
It sure does steer a lot easier! Still takes a bit of force. Super excited! I wonder how street driving will feel? hurry up and melt!!