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Old 04-13-2014, 06:35 AM
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Has anyone installed this on their cobra? If you did could you share how and the parts.... I read that the pump from the MR2 works well but nit sure what else is needed.
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Why do you need PS in a Cobra?
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I'm having a problem with my shoulder and neck, it's becoming more uncomfortable during and after driving and I don't want to stop driving the cobra.
Just looking into the idea..,
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check out the units on the new Camaro
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I have not heard of anyone using the MR2 or S2000 components. As I understand it, they are integral to the steering column, and difficult to integrate. They are also both speed sensitive, so it needs some input to make it work right. Not insurmountable problems, but I have not seen anyone do it yet.

Flaming River makes a kit that is similar to those two, but it's very expensive.

There is another electric P/S kit that uses an electric motor to run the P/S pump. I can see that would have some advantages.

I have the same problem you do. Some military injuries make it difficult to muscle the car around the track on the week ends. 200+ high speed corners during the course of the week end can really wear you out.

After some research, I spent big bux on race ready components: KRC pump, braided lines, AGR rack, etc. Expensive, but it works well and should be reliable.

For a street car, I'd use stock Mustang components. Simple, inexpensive, easy to come by, and reliable.
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Also try Fast Freddies.
He has a package that has everything you need. Electric pump, switches, hoses, reservoir. I'm not sure he has the ps racks, but those are easily obtained.
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We have them on the Chevy Cruze since its intro.
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Thnx for the info, I looked at Fastfredies and inquired if it would work on a mustang ii rack...not sure why it wouldn't.
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77 mustang ps rack
75 pinto pump
69 full size ford ps bracket
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using the pinto pump eliminates the need to worry about pressure from a saginaw pump

just got done doing a 80' kellison works perfect
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check out KYB they do a neat little electric power steering unit that will fit perfect behind the dash and connect to your existing steering shafts etc

I have used these in racing applications and they cop a fair bit of treatment.
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Have a look at these. I've heard and read great things about them:

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Default Electric Power Assist

Well, sort of... I did not use this brand, but installed a unit from an Opel Corsa, used. It came off of Ebayuk.com, was all clean and checked out, and additionally came with a potentiometer to vary the amount of assist.
The Corsa unit is very compact. It works great. I have a '66 TVR Griffith with very large front rubber, and absent the electric assist, it's extremely tough.
The gentleman I got it from was from Ireland, and lists frequently. If you look for him and can't locate, I can retrieve his user ID.
I really think its great. The Corsa unit fit right up under the dash when no other would.
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We've installed this kit into one of our 427s. It's relatively cheap, but it lacks any speed control, so we also installed a switch to cut off the boost. Otherwise, the steering is really too dead at speed. The owner was very pleased at how it worked. With a little work, you could probably integrate a speed sensor to automatically disable the boost over 20 mph.

As has been said, there are more sophisticated (speed-controlled) boosters, but the price is way up there. "Adapting" a production electric booster is not easy, since they typically get several inputs from the car's main computer. That means, in a conversion, you have to "fake" some input through a separate controller.
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