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Old 23 Jan 2005, 04:02 pm
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OK..Long story short.
I almost put myself in a Cruiser size ditch the other night. I was making a left turn and had noticed an approaching car from the left. Well, I miscalculated his speed (probably 90) and the next thing I knew, he was right there and me still across his lane. I hit the gas and got out of his way but what with a wet street and torque steer, I shot wide toward the opposite side ditch and wound up with my passenger side wheel hanging half in the air. I kept rolling and got safely back on the pavement.
What mods help to quell the massive torque steer on these Turbo GTs? Have any of you had any improvements when using harder control arm bushings? I may have damaged my right side bushing a while back when I bent a wheel against a curb. Tommy, has the Phantom LSD helped with torque steer on your PT?
I'm planning to call the Psi-fi guys to ask them some questions, too.
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Old 23 Jan 2005, 04:25 pm
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The streets being wet, were you getting traction or were the wheels spinning? When I switched to Michelin Pilot Sports, I noticed a big improvement.
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Torque steer is from your turbo so the answer I am goin to give you is not one you want to hear.....turn down your boost. There might be some suspension mods to do, but it will still be present.

My best advice is to just pay attention next time[:0]
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[purple]Torque steer is from your turbo
Sorry, got to disagree with you there. I've had torque steer with the last three cars I've owned including my Cruiser and none of them have had a Turbo. Torque steer comes from the power of the engine driving only one primary wheel. The steering will be pulled towards that primary wheel under heavy acceleration. Yes, the Turbo gives you more power, and more power will give you more torque steer. That's why you don't have it under normal driving conditions.

That's also why most of the Turbo owners are looking around for the LSD (Limited Slip Diff) that the SRT-4 just came out with. That will even up the power to both front wheels.
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^I agree with that. Im afraid that how my post was taken was completly literal, my fault. I was just stating that in this particular case, the torque steer was a result of the boost from the turbo. Granted, a turbo is not needed to get torque steer (as it may have seemed from what I said), but no need to get into other technicals that dont pertain to this situation.

And a LSD does not prevent torque steer. I know this [even using your example of the SRT] because mine is an 04..LSD equiped, and I have torque steer like woah!
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And a LSD does not prevent torque steer. I know this [even using your example of the SRT] because mine is an 04..LSD equiped, and I have torque steer like woah![/purple]
???? You have an 04 SRT-4 with LSD and you still have torque steer? [:I]
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sure do. so do the other 04s I know.
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Old 23 Jan 2005, 10:20 pm
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Then I stand corrected. But why isn't the LSD kicking in on your SRT and preventing the torque steer?
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Old 23 Jan 2005, 10:24 pm
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I honestly have no idea. I have just kind of accepted it and got used to the surge, but I honeslty dont feel any difference in mine and the 03s I drove.[:I]
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Old 23 Jan 2005, 10:46 pm
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Well thanks for the information. Sure goes against what I thought the LSD would do. I guess you would really need positraction like on the RWD cars to stop the torque steer on FWD.
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