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    How to get my steering tighter?

    I want my steering to be a bit more tighter so i can have quicker response. What parts would I need?

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayln View Post
    I want my steering to be a bit more tighter so i can have quicker response. What parts would I need?


    My car is an 07 Chevy Impala. I want my steering tight like a sports steering wheel.

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    I'd recommend a different car...

    As far as I know, there's really not a whole lot you can do, besides making sure the mechanisms in the steering are all good.

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Get the steering box from an Impala SS. Either from a salvage yard or new from Chevrolet.
    And I'm talking about the FWD IMpala SS not the '94-96 RWD models.

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Have you tried rubbing Preparation H on it?
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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    There are limits in what you can do with a large, FWD, family-car platform -- meaning it will probably never steer like a sports car. However, tires have a significant impact on steering feel and response -- a high performance summer tire, with a lower profile, will improve performance and steering response. Alignment also has a significant impact on steering feel and response -- you'd have to do some research on a non-stock alignment spec that might improve steering feel/response. Note that many non-stock alignment specs improve performance at the expense of tire wear. Other than that, it gets complicated -- you basically end up having to modify the suspension/steering. The only hope here is substituting Impala SS parts, but even that car wasn't particularly known for excellent steering response; the GP GXP (with specific wider front tires) was much better in that respect, according to contemporary tests.

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by b4z View Post
    Get the steering box from an Impala SS. Either from a salvage yard or new from Chevrolet.
    And I'm talking about the FWD IMpala SS not the '94-96 RWD models.
    Rack and pinion.

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by flatblackstrat View Post
    Have you tried rubbing Preparation H on it?
    How about removing the PS belt? It may not BE tighter, but it sure as hell will FEEL tighter.
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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Buy a different car. You will never have highly responsive tight steering in yours.
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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzy View Post
    Buy a different car. You will never have highly responsive tight steering in yours.
    What you trying to say?

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by flatblackstrat View Post
    Have you tried rubbing Preparation H on it?
    What is that?

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayln View Post
    What is that?
    You're kidding, right?

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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Some options below, depending on how wish to have the steering "tighter"

    You'd have to look it up but for actual feel in the rack and pinion an Impala SS rack will provide more "feel" and be less turns lock to lock.

    For less body roll I would upgrade the sway bar end links to Energy Suspension end links...they're polyethylene instead of rubber so they have less "give" and will respond faster. While you're at it you may want to swap in an Impala SS sway bar (first priority on the front, then the rear).

    Upgrading to larger wheels with tires with thinner sidewalls will help cornering drastically. You'll again have less tire sidewall "give".

    Another thing would be to swap out your struts for SS struts...find a salvage yard with a whole car and ask for a package quote for the struts, sway bars, wheels/tires, and steering rack
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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    Some options below, depending on how wish to have the steering "tighter"

    You'd have to look it up but for actual feel in the rack and pinion an Impala SS rack will provide more "feel" and be less turns lock to lock.

    For less body roll I would upgrade the sway bar end links to Energy Suspension end links...they're polyethylene instead of rubber so they have less "give" and will respond faster. While you're at it you may want to swap in an Impala SS sway bar (first priority on the front, then the rear).

    Upgrading to larger wheels with tires with thinner sidewalls will help cornering drastically. You'll again have less tire sidewall "give".

    Another thing would be to swap out your struts for SS struts...find a salvage yard with a whole car and ask for a package quote for the struts, sway bars, wheels/tires, and steering rack
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    Re: How to get my steering tighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    Upgrading to larger wheels with tires with thinner sidewalls will help cornering drastically. You'll again have less tire sidewall "give".
    Doing this will have the opposite of what you were asking about in your other thread : https://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...8/#post2221542


    Less sidewall generally means that bumps and impacts are transmitted to the rest of the car instad of the sidewall. All so lower profile tyres also "normally" have sportier tread patterns which makes more road noise.
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