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#1 Posted : Wednesday, 3 July 2019 8:14:27 PM(UTC)
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I’ve got to replace the steering box in my HG and have the option of a 16.1 or standard 20.1 steering box
Is it worth putting the 16.1 in or is the standard box nicer to live with?
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#2 Posted : Thursday, 4 July 2019 7:49:57 AM(UTC)
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Living in suburban Sydney, I find the 20:1 box much easier to live with, because of all of the roundabouts & parking etc.

However if you live in a country area with plenty of open road driving you might prefer the more direct feel of the 16:1 box.

The downside of the 16:1 box is the extra effort required to turn the steering wheel, especially if you have wider wheel rims with low profile radial tyres fitted.

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#3 Posted : Thursday, 4 July 2019 8:18:16 PM(UTC)
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Terry, don't forget the sports steering wheel as well.

My brother had the big tyres and small steering wheel on his HG GTS and it was a pig to drive at slow speeds and parking.
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#4 Posted : Friday, 5 July 2019 10:27:37 PM(UTC)
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Agree above comments. I have 16.1 and standard steering wheel size and love it. But I live semi rural and if I let tyre pressures slip down I can feel it parking.
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#5 Posted : Friday, 12 July 2019 11:16:21 AM(UTC)
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The fast ratio steering box that was standard in GTS or when power steering was fitted was actually 16.7:1
Coming soon....HT Belmont 80270, 253, Saginaw, Sports Dash, Pharoah Gold on Red
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#6 Posted : Friday, 12 July 2019 1:36:53 PM(UTC)
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Yes it was 16.7:1.

Over the years we've rebuilt many of these boxes & at customer's request have fitted 20:1 gears into a 16:1 stamped case, so onlookers wouldn't pick it being incorrect for a GTS.

So if you really want the quicker (but heavier) box, don't just rely on the stamped numbers on the case. Check the number of turns lock to lock.

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#7 Posted : Friday, 12 July 2019 2:40:22 PM(UTC)
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I’ve never seen a steering box with “16.1” stamped on it. All the ones I’ve seen had “16.7”
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#8 Posted : Friday, 12 July 2019 3:30:20 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: HKTG Parts Recovery Go to Quoted Post
I’ve never seen a steering box with “16.1” stamped on it. All the ones I’ve seen had “16.7”


Yes I realise that, I was just abbreviating it for the purpose of discussion.

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