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Steering Ratio - Anybody Modded?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by IanL-S3, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. IanL-S3
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    Does anybody else find the steering on the s3 not as sharp/lowly geared as would be nice?
    What i mean is that i find i have to turn the wheel way past 180degrees for most of the corners i take on the way to work. I also find it a little vague in a straight line, so would be nice to have it geared so that lock to lock was fewer turns.
    I havent driven many other cars of this ilk and definitely not with the same scutiny of my S3, so am i'm expecting too much/being too picky/being a div? (all 3) /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
    Ta Ian
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    I too noticed this on my A3 TQs.

    You have to turn the wheel more than you would expect, compared to other cars of this caliber Ive driven.
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    Glad its not just me!!
    So there are two of us /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
    And i notice i wrote 180degrees when i meant more like 100degrees - but the feeling is still the same.
    Maybe its my hyper-sensitivity from playing GT2 for years with the joypad /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Ian Logendra said:
    I also find it a little vague in a straight line,

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    doesn't that depend on tyre-type-sizes and suspension set-up.

    Agreed upon the ratio, should be less.
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    S3-Leon said:
    doesn't that depend on tyre-type-sizes and suspension set-up.


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    Yup, absolutely...

    You can add 'feel' by adding a bit of toe out at the front...this will make the steering livlier...I perfer the turn in with toe out.

    Tyres too wide will kill turn in...they numb it.

    A big of negative camber will also aid turn in as well as outright grip...the car will respond better, more quickly and have better loaded grip.

    I agree that the steering is pretty numb as standard...but you can improve it immensely by playing around...and with the geometry set up aggressively I never felt that the steering rack ratio required changing.
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