Steering gear box - best replacement?

SS_Malibu

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I think the 10:1 (and I've seen some not factory 9:1 boxes) are typically designed for road courses as it is very quick reaction.
 
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scoti

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I think the 10:1 (and I've seen some not factory 9:1 boxes) are typically designed for road courses as it is very quick reaction.
My research indicates the same. 10:1 is better for vehicles used more on the autocross/track than the street.
I had a Lares box in my Summit shopping cart when I noticed the Quick Ratio was 10:1 vs 12.7:1 so I started looking up info/input.
 

mikester

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My research indicates the same. 10:1 is better for vehicles used more on the autocross/track than the street.
I had a Lares box in my Summit shopping cart when I noticed the Quick Ratio was 10:1 vs 12.7:1 so I started looking up info/input.
Think the ratio will be an issue driving on the street ? I never knew there was a difference. Figured since it said sport suspension it was equal to a Monte SS box.
 

scoti

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Think the ratio will be an issue driving on the street ? I never knew there was a difference. Figured since it said sport suspension it was equal to a Monte SS box.
This is the question I've asked from guys that do Track & Autocross events. They feel it will be 'twitchy' for the street as a small amount of steering input will yield aggressive turning degree vs normal passenger cars. That's desired on the track; not so much in certain situations on the streets/road. As with anything, it's something you can get used to but I still wonder & have concern about what the reactive rate would be in an 'Uh-Oh' event on the road.

While I was going to say 'F-It' & go w/the 10:1, I'm now gravitating to the 12.7 box first. It will be better vs the stock/OEM ratio. If I feel I need more, I can get more aggressive w/the 10:1 & sell the 12.7 box.
 
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SS_Malibu

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I've noticed with my 12.7 box that it feels more like the newer cars of today. Anyone driving a newer car that jumps into my car wouldn't really notice a difference (not that anyone is gonna drive my car) but all of us old school guys notice how much less the steering wheel needs to turn with the faster box. I didn't want a quicker box like a 10:1 because I didn't want to sneeze and end up on the curb however, I agree, you would get used to it. I think I went from about 3 3/4 turns to about 2 1/2 turns lock to lock. The thing that matters the most to me is, I like it.
 
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