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post #1 of 19 Old 01-04-2014, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Steering ratio

Is there a way to change the steering ratio in our trucks? I would like mine to turn quicker.


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I have no answer to your question, but it has taken me a few weeks to get used to turning the wheel so much more than I had to do in my 2001 F-250. I wish the steering in my 2013 was more like my 2001.
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I came from a couple of dodges and I've had my 2012 for over 2 years now and it still bugs me every now and then.


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I remember reading an ad put out by Ford stating "heaviest steering gear we ever put in a pick-up" when I was shopping for trucks a couple years ago. If you take a look under the truck you will believe that statement. The tie rods and stuff are massive on my truck.

I came from the other two brands so I understand exactly what you are saying. As far as answering your question - not for at least two years will you get used to this. I cuss the steering ratio every time I drive my truck. Parking lots will wear you completely out cranking on the wheel. What I can't believe is Ford STILL has not tried to fix this??


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I agree it is built better than my dodges but I would like to have the best of both worlds. Built tough AND turn corners without a workout


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I contacted Redhead Steering in Seattle about getting a quicker ratio steering box and he stated the Ford's power steering pump is maxed out with the stock ratio and would never survive a quicker ratio box. Therefore he will not make one.

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Pulling into parking spots is a little ridiculous sometimes. first time my buddy was in the truck he was watching me park and was like how many time you gotta turn that thing.

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To be honest, I just don't see how you guys think these trucks lack in steering department. Coming from an 08' to and 11' is night and day difference to me. My family has had multiple sportier cars with quick turn ratios which I have driven years, yet these newer model SD's don't bother me.

Second of all, are you guys pulling straight into parking spaces or backing in?
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My last ford was a 2001 then I went to dodge for several years until I bought my 2012 ford. I like how it is built tough but there is a big difference in the ratio from a dodge to a ford. So much easier to one hand drive a dodge


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I had't notice anything I didn't like. I prefer the tighter, more resistant feel I suppose.

I wish you the best of luck.

I already know the answer to this question, but I'll ask anyways. Are your tires properly inflated? I know I'm going to compare apples to oranges here, my fox body (manual steering) will be night and day difference over 5 psi. Just trying to help.

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