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Had my eye on Scott's power steering kit for a while, but every time I wanted to buy it, something else came up that took priority... but finally got it and installed it this weekend. I will say that it took me a lot longer than the 3 hours I think has been mentioned to install... it was more than double for me. Once I was done bending upside down and got it all installed, it worked like a charm. No longer is it annoying backing out of my garage and driveway, let alone having to maneuver in and out of parking lots. The ability to adjust the resistance on the fly is awesome, but the big bonus which I hadn't read mentioned was how much more secure my whole steering column is now. He adds a reinforcement that completely firms up the whole thing. That alone was worth a couple hundred bucks.

Fitment is definitely snug, but it works. Picture here looks like it's blocking the clutch pedal, but it doesn't at all. Don't even notice it down there when I'm driving. Can't wait to get the car in the canyons now! Thanks, and for anybody on the fence, I can't recommend it enough. IMG_2446IMG_2443

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Had my eye on Scott's power steering kit for a while, but every time I wanted to buy it, something else came up that took priority... but finally got it and installed it this weekend. I will say that it took me a lot longer than the 3 hours I think has been mentioned to install... it was more than double for me. Once I was done bending upside down and got it all installed, it worked like a charm. No longer is it annoying backing out of my garage and driveway, let alone having to maneuver in and out of parking lots. The ability to adjust the resistance on the fly is awesome, but the big bonus which I hadn't read mentioned was how much more secure my whole steering column is now. He adds a reinforcement that completely firms up the whole thing. That alone was worth a couple hundred bucks.

Fitment is definitely snug, but it works. Picture here looks like it's blocking the clutch pedal, but it doesn't at all. Don't even notice it down there when I'm driving. Can't wait to get the car in the canyons now! Thanks, and for anybody on the fence, I can't recommend it enough. IMG_2446IMG_2443

Re-reading this has raised my curiosity? I always like to read the installation instructions that a manufacturer supplies with the product before I buy it.

SAAC doesn't have that offered on their web page. Would it be a big deal to scan it and post it here?

Specifically I'd like to see what they tell you to do with attaching the front part of the column to the EPS unit?

Does he tell you to cut that and supplies a coupler fitting to tie them together or does he supply a complete steering shaft and you need to reinstall your steering wheel and ignition switch to it?

The back end with the u-joint and the DD shaft is obvious (I think) from what I see of the entire unit.

The steering wheel side I can't see and his posted picture of that end doesn't show the detail of what needs to be done there.



Also, you need to install those two new studs? Those are bolts dropped in from the top?

I think I threw away the instructions after I was done with it, but lemme scrounge around, maybe I have it. Or maybe Scott will post the instructions. You put your old wheel, ignition, and turn signal stalk onto the new shaft. The only cutting you have to do is into the underside of the dash metal with a dremel, like an inch or two up to the four bolt holes to fit the unit. It secures with only the front two bolts, and then there's a second mounting piece that bolts further down the shaft that gives the bonus stability that I talked about.

The Mustang is an interesting  installation but the Pantera is kind of unique.

The output is pretty simple in the Pantera. Actually much simpler then the Mustang but because of the space limitation in the front and the location of the ignition switch in the Pantera, the front shaft needs a special application.



I had built an EPS for the Pantera using a nice used Capri column and a GM Equinox EPS unit.

Although compact by most applications, the motor assembly and it's housing was too big for the Pantera.



The motor unit being used now in these kits is designed for small light vehicles, essentially go-cart size and is small enough to fit the Pantera well and powerful enough to steer the car.

The question to me is what SACC provided for a solution to the front connection. Apparently he supplied another compatable shaft so that you didn't have to cut up your existing Pantera unit?

I'm just curious as to what that looks like and if he supplied the hollow tube as well or you need to reuse yours?



Thank you Garth for the effort. I appreciate that and thank you too Riley for the description.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Pantera Electric Power Steering Kit.

This kit really makes driving and parking the Pantera a joy. I never realized how much I wanted power steering in my Pantera until I actually installed it in the car. Now I don't see how I could ever go back to manual steering. Just moving the car around the driveway is so much easier and enjoyable!

This is a bolt on upgrade and is easily reversible. Unlike the other power steering units available from other vendors, our unit only requires some slight clearance trimming. No bolt bosses are removed allowing you to bolt the stock unit back in at anytime.

The original column is not used and can be put on your shelf for the future.

The Kit includes:

  • Pantera Steering Column and shaft integrated with a high quality Electric Power Steering Motor assembly
  • Rear Mounting Bracket
  • Lower Knuckle Joint with D-Shaft
  • Wiring Harness with ECU
  • Instructions

There is no core, no exchange, no return of any kind.

The amount of boost is controlled via a potentiometer. You simply set it and forget it unless you like to play. We have found that one setting for all driving conditions works GREAT, including race track/performance driving. In the event that you feel it has too much boost, simply turn it down like turning down the volume on the radio.

FWIW, I just installed one of these EPAS units in my 66 Mustang which used to be a BEAR to drive at low speeds due to the GT steering box (which has a quicker ratio) AND the Shelby Quick Steer pitman arm and idler arm which further quickened the ratio.  Now it's effortless and a joy to drive!

I'm seriously considering this upgrade for the Pantera! 

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