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Old 10-24-2019, 11:36 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm looking at upgrading to a Borgeson 600 series power steering box over the winter. I currently have the factory power assist with a saginaw pump. I plan on getting new upper controls arms with more caster.
I'm looking at getting a new steering column at the same time.

I'd like to keep the original steering wheel, but I'm concerned about degrading steering feel or reducing the steering effort too much. Does anyone have experience with keeping the original steering wheel, but upgrading the rest of t the steering system?
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You may not even notice much difference.

Many are doing just as you, or going to smaller wheels because they don't need the leverage the 18 inch wheel provides.

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When I bought my '56 driver a few years ago, it already had a 605 box but still the original column and wheel. Your statement 'degrading the steering feel' is just about how I'd describe it compared to ones I've driven without power steering. One of the things I changed was the column (tilt) and wheel (aftermarket 15") - I much prefer the smaller wheel with the P/S.
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Hi all,

I'm looking at upgrading to a Borgeson 600 series power steering box over the winter. I currently have the factory power assist with a saginaw pump. I plan on getting new upper controls arms with more caster.
I'm looking at getting a new steering column at the same time.

I'd like to keep the original steering wheel, but I'm concerned about degrading steering feel or reducing the steering effort too much. Does anyone have experience with keeping the original steering wheel, but upgrading the rest of t the steering system?
The new control arms with added caster will increase the effort needed to give a better feel, so it isn't as touchy. Have it aligned with as much caster as you can get.
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The 605 has more assist and less road feel than the more modern CPP500 or Borgeson 600. They leak too.
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The 605 has more assist and less road feel than the more modern CPP500 or Borgeson 600. They leak too.


Thatís what Iíve heard, which is why Iím only looking at the 600


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I just installed a Borgeson 500 Delphi power steering box this week on my '55. Also added RideTech Street Grip Susp system. Haven't had a chance to do a thorough test drive because of thunderstorms, But have driven around the parking lot, which is a is enough to tell the steering in tremendously improved, not just less steering effort , but also steering quickness, as well as being much tighter overall. I went with a original style "55 wheel reduced to 16" Dia. about a yr ago. The loss of leverage from the smaller wheel, plus the added camber from tubular control arms caused it to steer like a tank. Trying to back up, and steer with one hand was impossible. I'm very happy with the transformation the new box has made to the drivability of my '55. If you want have more fun driving your Chevy, I'd say go for it


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Correction : I installed a 600 series delpi box. Also, the tubular control arms added caster.


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