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Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

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Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #1 by 1966Mustang » Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:11 am

Has anyone attempted this? My brother just sent me this link, looks pretty cool! Although I'm loathe to install anything GM in my precious mustang... wait... who am I kidding... I have a HEI dizzy and a Corvette master cylinder... why not GM steering? Just stay away from GM door locks and ignition switches.

https://youtu.be/uKzCaEjvJeM

Here's some more info:
http://www.fordmuscleforums.com/all-ford-techboard/538585-100-power-steering-yes-you-can-use-column-electric-power-assist-system-epas.html
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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #2 by rocklord » Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:42 am

Go for it! A lot cheaper than going with the stock unit.
No fluid to mess with, and no power robbing hydraulic pump.

My 2008 Scion xD has EPAS and it's great.

Be careful when getting the EPAS unit, some years have the wrong control box on it.
The seller of the controller on eBay states which unit to look for:

Saturn Vue - from 2002 to 2007
Chevrolet Equinox - from 2005 to 2007
Pontiac Torrent
Saturn Ion - from 2003 to 2006 - only in steering column with metal ECU case
Some Saturn ION steering´s have a black ECU case. This controller will not work on that steering. You should find a steering with a metal ECU case.

Total cost of the conversion is dependent on how much you pay at a pick-n-pull.
I'm looking into this conversion; my cost will be in the $200-$300 range. Still a good deal.
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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #3 by vssman » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:10 pm

There's a fairly in depth post on the TFFN about using this type of system. A few guys over there got them up and running and detailed the install process - complete with pictures.
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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #4 by CoupeBoy » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:18 pm

Hurry up and do it, I'd like to get this into my '63.5 Falcon. :D

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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #5 by 64-5mustang » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:39 pm

As someone who works with modern cars, electric steering is great and easy to turn. But many systems have little to no road feal. This can be program I'm to the control module. But you will be paying for the programming. I'm not against it but it may be more than you want to deal with.

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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #6 by falcon fanatic » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:31 pm

In a kit: http://americanpowertrain.com/c-321388-electric-power-steering-ford-1965-70-mustang-cougar.html

A trifle pricey at over $2k.

**Edit: a couple folks seem to believe I'm suggesting that this kit is the way to go. I'm not. An ebay search reveals a good stock of steering units between $100 and $200, the control system itself is cheap (and adjustable!), and with some simple steering column modifications you can tuck this under the dash and you're good to go. (look up the steering column kit for the Mustang II conversions) I think DIY is a win.
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Post #7 by CoupeBoy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:58 pm

You need to look into the DIY if you want it cheap.
http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/mod-c ... 865?page=1

I had heard about the lack of feedback. But after driving 60's cars for so long that isn't really a major concern to me. My first car could be driven with your weakest pinky.

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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #8 by jamyers » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:05 pm

Wow, I never thought of this...

This might be just the ticket for my '69 Chevy C10
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The ONLY safety device we need is a 6" sharpened steel spike bolted to the center of the steering wheel of EVERY vehicle.
Emergency Rooms and Funeral Homes will be busy for a week or so, then I predict a dramatic drop in vehicle accidents.

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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #9 by falcon fanatic » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:46 pm

That really is a badass solution.
'63 Futura Convertible. Disc/drum, Bilsteins, beefy swaybars, #480 springs, roller or spherical everything up front, HD shackles on stock springs out back. Megasquirt FI on ported, big valve aussie head w/ roller rockers; 10:1 6000rpm engine; 264/274-12*; C-4, Maverick 8" 3.25 W/trac-lok and perimeter frame inside the unibody. More to come...
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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #10 by vssman » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:09 pm

Someone on the tffn did this for a lot less than 2Gs. I think he spent something like 100 on his system.
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Re: Electric Power Steering from a Saturn Vue

Post #11 by rocklord » Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:40 pm

So far I have about $175 in mine.
Haven't gathered all of the parts yet.

Only thing I'm not able to is the required welding.
So far I haven't seen a method that doesn't require welding.
Hopefully, someone comes up with one that doesn't.
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