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    Depowered or Powered rack?

    just curious as to the ups and downs of a powered rack compared to a depowered one for a Track/Street car? (not my only car, and its gonna be a turboed build)
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    Depowered = less to deal with in engine bay. Probably weighs 15lbs less.

    Depowered racks suuuuck when you start to run a lot of tire, esp. on a car like the Saturn, where you really cant keep the scrub radius in check at anything wider than 7.5" or so. I wouldn't want one autocrossing or rallycrossing. Track is a bit more tolerable, but I'd still prefer a powered rack.

    If you need the space in the bay, maybe swap to an Ion EPS column and snag one of the aftermarket controllers. This is becoming pretty common.

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    The non power steering rack has a shitty gear ratio. Its easier to turn than the non-powered power rack but the gear ratio just sucks for making quick turns like you would be doing in autocross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.Bretz View Post
    The non power steering rack has a shitty gear ratio. Its easier to turn than the non-powered power rack but the gear ratio just sucks for making quick turns like you would be doing in autocross.
    well at most turning wise ill be doing actual track days but im more worried that itll be to hard to drive around town which wouldnt make sense really. most of the rest will probably be strip racing and you know mexico etc
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    Yeah, the manual rack is like 4 turns lock to lock. Avoid it.

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    i've heard there's miata racks that are direct swaps... anyone ever try that?

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    I've never heard that. They don't mount even remotely similar to one another.

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    I went depowered once. It sucked. Torque steer blows with 225's and 300whp


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    Quote Originally Posted by importsdontlikeme View Post
    I went depowered once. It sucked. Torque steer blows with 225's and 300whp
    Yeah, that car was a handful.

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    I never really had a issue with torque steer after I installed the prothane suspension kit and the ARM's. The ARM's did give memory steer though.
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