Imsensible wrote:Thanks for the advice, but I have owned two cars with no power steering, several with hydraulic and several with electric power steering. I am more than happy to trade a bit of extra effort to feel what is going on at the wheel.
I had power-assisted cars whose steering I consider superior to some none-assisted cars that I had. Not only can the steering on a none-assisted vehicle be very straining to operate (to the point of completly offsetting the advantage) but the ratio is slower so turning the wheel just goes on and on and on...
I am looking for something of a Pareto Efficiency where any additional effort into steering would be above what is conductive for feel, consistently thoughout the entire journey.
Are all steering systems at that equilibrium? No, but I think they get quite close, and I do like them on the "not straining" part of the equation rather than at the "good feel for fifteen minutes before wearing out".
I do find that all the feedback that you really need on the road is there, if you don't have grip tension in your forearms. I do a lot of work getting people not to do it, not just when holding the wheel in place but mainly while turning it. The difference can be huge. Just listen to Delis.