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On a bit of youtube rabbithole journey this morning an ended up watching an electric powersteering conversion to VW caddy and then on to a silly powered Mk1 MX5 which had it steering upgraded to a Mk2s.

It got me thinking about the weight of the TT steering, which is a bit of heavy side (although not unbearable). The TT doesnt really get that much 'feel' through the wheel so i cant see it being a detrimental modification. I wondered if the MK2s hadit and it appears that they do.

Comparing MK1 to MK2 they look fairly similar - has anyone attempted a mk1 to mk2 steering conversion?

Cant say i'm looking to do it any time soon (if at all) but wondered with a few posts of steering recently if its worth a go when/if my steering inevitably crumbles away.

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Highly doubt that is doable, Mk2 has kinda of sensor. Don't mention those mounting points hard to match.

Rebuild is another way to go.

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Ah ok, cheers. Optimistic viewing on my part!

I guess the next option then if the rack cant be powered would be through the column, which seems to be fairly common in classics.
I see that Corsa EPS columns can be had for £200ish and apparently corsa weight between 980 - 1530kg(!?) which the mk1 sits within so not a huge weight disparity there.

Im sure its been considered previously and theres pobably a huge list of reasons why its not more common (if completed at all) on a Mk1, just interested to know why.
 

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Its nowhere near as heavy as unpowered, sure, but not as light as EPS.

There are quite a few posts about heavy steering in the mk1 section so evidently one persons 'not heavy at all' is another persons 'heavy'. I cant say i personally have an issue with it in anyway other than it feels heavier than my other car. Its not detrimental to my experience of the car and i hardly think about it after 30seconds of driving but with some posts recently talking about replacements etc I was wondering if it woudl be worth consideration.

its more of conversation if its possible / has anyone done it rather than why would you.
 

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Hi, It's heavier than my Nurburg VXR, but much much lighter than my XR3. Never a problem & after a mile or so I wouldn't even notice it.
Makes it much more stable at speed.
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I actually think it's too light at speed
I was talking about this with someone yesterday as I think i experience the same thing. I dont know if its lack of weight or lack of feeling but i think i get what you mean.

We concluded that unless you have driven a car with proper steering (which, personally I don't think i have ever really done) it comes down to a case of personal preference. The MX5 video I was watching originally had the driver (who was chassis engineer) talking about how he could feel every part of what the chassis, suspension etc was doing as he drove it - no idea even where to begin on that level of understanding and how that translates to a feeling within the car!

If the steering suddenly goes wrong on mine I'll look into it a bit more, then probably realise the reality of the work involved and buy a standard replacement part.
 

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Hi, At speed it's more likely understeer than lightness of the steering.
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I was mainly refering to motorway driving. I think the increased castor mod would improve the feel on motorways.
 
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