Mama! Now I need tyres!!
I got the Abbott Racing steering rack clamp and brace fitted today. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s spending money on something to maintain the current state it’s in. If I’m spending money on something then I want it to improve – and did I ever get my money’s worth today!
I picked the car up just after 5pm. Steve E (Saab tech) was just finishing up and his first words were “the instruction sheet said it’d only take an hour!” Not a cause for alarm, mind you, but it hadn’t dawned on me that this could well be the first time one of these has been fitted here in Tassie. Anyway, after any job Steve takes the car for a test run and this was no different except for the fact that I tagged along.
Peak hour in our little city isn’t too much to worry about, but it’s fair to say that even here in Hobart, 5pm isn’t the best time to go for a test drive from downtown when you want to check out the torque steer in your car. We cleared the traffic in quick time. I was a little worried that Steve wouldn’t give it a thorough workout so I mentioned he should drive it as if I wasn’t sitting there next to him.
Which he did up the next hill.
Now, I’m no mechanic and I know that a part like a steering rack clamp and brace doesn’t increase your power. But doing a before and after drive just today, I’m convinced that it not only helps your steering track a bit better and reduce torque steer, but it also helps you get your power down to the ground. Everything’s just that bit stiffer.
It’s hard for me to explain as I don’t have the mechanical understanding of everything that’s going on, but before everything felt a little sloppier. It’s like everything has been tightened up and whatever was slopping around before is just transferring straight through and feeding back to me behind the wheel.
And the wheelspin!
As I said, things felt sloppier before and both Steve and I had the wheels spinning in second gear without really even trying. Just a short squirt on the throttle and away they go! It seems that now I’ve got the looseness in the steering sorted there’s a lack of grip to handle the oomph at the wheels.
Seriously, I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but what it boils down to is that torque steer has been greatly reduced, steering and feedback feel like they’ve improved and the car just feels brilliant. I wish I’d had enough money at the time to get the whole kit, but this has been a great start.
I’d recommend this bit of kit to anyone with a hi-po 900/9-3 who wants to get a little better feel out of it. Just brilliant!
I also had the car serviced today, too.
It got a clean bill of health. Total cost for the installation and the service – $250.