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  • Opinions on Fast-ratio manual steering, replacement upper control arms? '64 Valiant

    Hey friends,
    I just purchased a '64 Valiant and one of the first orders of business is rebuilding the steering gear box, as it's dangerously sloppy. I see that I have some fast ratio options and I'm intrigued, but looking for some feedback and opinions from others who have gone this route. Spoke with a fellow at Firm Feel and it seems my options are stock ratio (24:1), 20:1, or 16:1. He also mentioned they make a positive caster upper control arm as well, which I was interested in.
    Anyone have thoughts or opinions to share on these things?

    Thanks,
    -T.
    Last edited by TeaCake; 08-03-2017, 03:48 PM.

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    I'd be going to fast ratio over old school.

    Are you Power Steering?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by BK View Post
      I'd be going to fast ratio over old school.

      Are you Power Steering?
      Nah, manual steering. I considered the upgrade for a fleeting moment, but it's more work than I want to do at this point and the manual steering is fine. Besides, it's s good workout. I do wonder if it will be uncomfortably firm at 20:1 though.
      Also, have you ever tried their replacement upper control arms? Seemed like an interesting upgrade.

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      • #4
        That's what I figured when you said Firm Feel. If replacing parts I'd go to Firm feel, if fixing - Armstrong never bothered me in the 70s.
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