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I really dislike the way the Caprice steering feels. I know that the Impala has a closer steering ratio, would a 94'-96' Impala steering box drop right into a 96' Caprice? Has anyone done this switch? What is involved?

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Porkzilla
 
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my 9C1 has the same exact steering as my uncles SS, so I think the 9C1 has the same box.

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95 9C1 BBB, stock so far underhood, Impala Cloned on the outside.
2000 Z28 M6, also black, also still stock.
1993 454SS, also black, way beyond stock, but still street legal.
 
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Read this. http://www.impalasuperstore.com/99tech/capsteer.htm The 9C1 (at least mine), feels a little too luxury-like in the steering department. I hate it! I've never had the priviledge to drive an Impala so I don't have a comparison. But I do believe this one of the few things that seperate the Impala from the 9C1. Someone help me out.

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Porkzilla

[This message has been edited by Porkzilla (edited February 10, 2001).]
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Porkzilla:
.....http://www.impalasuperstore.com/99tech/capsteer.htm The 9C1 (at least mine), feels a little too luxury-like in the steering department. I hate it! I've never had the priviledge to drive an Impala so I don't have a comparison. But I do believe this one of the few things that seperate the Impala from the 9C1. Someone help me out.
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Porkzilla
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The advertising on the superstore web site refers to the non-9C1 (civilian) Caprice (and other) B platform cars.

For the 9C1 see
http://9c1.com/brochures/index.htm

and click on any of the 9C1 brochures.

*All* the 9C1s have the firm-feel steering box, which IS the fast ratio one that the SS got. The 9C1 has been around since 1977, in the 115.9" wheelbase, so remember that the SS got many (but not all) of the 9C1 heavy duty parts... and the steering box was one of them.

Your 9C1 might have mushy steering because:

1. the steering box is worn, or needs adjusting;
2. the PS fluid needs to be flushed and replaced.
3. you still have skinny 225 or 235 /70R15 tires on the car; the SS gets 255/50R17
4. the tires you are using on the 9C1 are S-, T- or H-rated and not V- nor Z-rated. The V/Z rated tires have stiffer sidewalls so they make the steering response quite snappy. I know this because I used to have H-rated BFGs, and now I have V-rated Pirellis.
5. the front end parts are loose/old.
6. the fast ratio firm-feel box was removed before you bought your 9C1.
7. some combo of the above.
HTH - Ken '94 LT1 9C1
 
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