Borgeson's power steering conversion kits keep you going in the right direction.
Frank Bohanan - April 17, 2014 09:53 AM
The Borgeson power steering conversion kit’s power assist function has been integrated directly into the steering box for greatly improved steering performance. A drag link adapter, hoses, and new rag joint are also included.
Stock systems that use a control valve and hydraulic cylinder to provide power assist are both heavy and complex. The control valve also tends to develop leaks over time.
While you're upgrading your steering box you may want to also upgrade your steering column with an adjustable/tilt column such as this one from Ididit.
There are some very effective, easy to install, and reasonably-priced upgrades which can get you all the benefits of better steering for your earlier ride.
When you compare the steering systems of, say, a '60's muscle car to a much newer vehicle, the differences are often dramatic.
New technology has advanced in terms of reducing weight, improving serviceability and durability, while also lowering cost and complexity for the automaker. For the driver, the benefits are clearly obvious every time he/she gets behind the wheel: the steering feels much more positive and responsive with virtually none of the free play that causes dead spots before the vehicle reacts to driver input. Gone is the need to saw the steering wheel back and forth with little sense of the road and a generally over boosted feel.
There are some very effective, easy to install, and reasonably-priced upgrades which can get you all the benefits of better steering for your earlier ride. Of these, the conversion kits offered by Borgeson Universal Company stand out because they purchased the OEM tooling and manufacturing of the Saginaw steering boxes used in most of these kits. They offer complete, well-engineered kits for a very wide variety of popular vehicle applications ranging from the '50's to the '80's.
They are extremely easy to install since they mostly reuse the stock steering linkage and mounting provisions and some add a drag-link adapter (mostly those with control valve-type OEM power steering). By removing all of the extra weight of the control valve and cylinder, etc., you can save a significant amount of weight. For example, the OEM power steering components of a typical '68 Mustang weigh in at around 44 lbs while the Borgeson components which replace them weigh only about 25 lbs.
An even bigger benefit is the elimination of several joints and wear points which, over time, create all of that excessive play and lack of response in the steering wheel when you turn it. The Borgeson kit incorporates the power assist directly into the Saginaw-style steering box to reduce the number of joints which can wear and connections which can leak. It's basically like a powered version of a manual steering box so a less-complex steering linkage is used.
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