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What do you all think about this product? I wonder if it's too soon for a really good aftermarket power steering unit or is this one the real deal? Maybe it is just the ticket?
I would bet if someone were able to get the dimensions it could be retrofitted into a ThunderCat!!!!

http://allterrainresearch.net/polaris-spor...power-steering/
 

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Looking at the ATR unit vs the new AC unit the ATR looks really small I dunno But then again AC claims their unit is the largest most powerful power steering unit on the market with 33% more power than the closest competitor?
Even so.... If the ATR was not on par with the new AC unit but still a major improvement it would still be a great bolt on and IMO worth the $1200 price tag.... Which is about what AC or any of the manufacturers are asking for their PS models.
 

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This company use to have a power steering unit listed for the ThunderCat last year. I think it was july when I saw it on thier web site. It was 1250.00. I wonder if they took it off because of lack of interest.
 

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Too bad you can't retrofit the new cat P/S into the older cats. I see where they had to "modify" the frame to make it fit.
 

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After my wife rolled her TRV last spring and broke her shoulder I decided that power steering would help prevent a re-occurence. I called and talked to ATR about the potential of a kit for AC's. They indicated that a kit may be available late this year at the earliest. In the conversation he mentioned that the electric power steering unit out of a Chev Cobalt might be adaptable into a four wheeler. So I have purchased a unit from a wrecking yard ($150) and am going to see if I can adapt it in. I connected 12 volts to it and it appears to work. So if it can be fitted into the frame it might work. That will be my next project hopefully starting in a couple of weeks or so. I will take pictures and share the results if I can make it work. I have not been able to find any other source to try to put ps on her machine. If this doesn't work maybe we will have to spring for one of those new blue 550 TRVs with power steering.
 

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Didn't realize that there was a automotive "electric drive" power steering unit on the market. Interesting.... Please do keep us informed. Maybe you could get the ball rolling with posting pics and unit dimensions??? That would be a pretty darn cool retro-fit if you pull it off!
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Wheezy @ Feb 7 2010, 04:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Too bad you can't retrofit the new cat P/S into the older cats. I see where they had to "modify" the frame to make it fit.[/b]
Where are you seeing pictures of the power steering in the machine?
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (m74me @ Feb 8 2010, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
So I have purchased a unit from a wrecking yard ($150) and am going to see if I can adapt it in. I connected 12 volts to it and it appears to work. So if it can be fitted into the frame it might work. That will be my next project hopefully starting in a couple of weeks or so. I will take pictures and share the results if I can make it work. I have not been able to find any other source to try to put ps on her machine. If this doesn't work maybe we will have to spring for one of those new blue 550 TRVs with power steering.[/b]

Please keep updateing on how this mod goes!!!! Sounds like an affordable conversion on any quad! I would love it on my mudpro!
 

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Here are three pictures of the power steering unit I have. It is significantly larger than the ones shown in the ATR pictures. It looks like it will be a tight fit but might be manageable. It certainly should be beefy enough. If I can get the project going I'll take pictures and post them. I will be attempting to put it in a '05 500 TRV. If it works in there then I will get another one and put it in my '07 650 H1 TRV.

The control box is supposed to sense the movement of the shaft and assist as needed. There are no other connections in the car. I've connected 12v to the unit and it drives both directions. So I am in hopes that it will function properly if I can fit it in. One thing that I have wondered about is that in the car it would turn the wheels lock to lock with 2 or 3 full revolutions of the steering wheel wheras in the atv it would be about 90 degrees of steering turn lock to lock. But the guy I talked to at ATR seemed to indicate that it should work. It will be an interesting project.
 

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How many amps dose it draw when working ? under a load .
Will the cat have amps to run this my cat only has 25 amp charging system .
I no if you drive with the lights on and are drawing extra power for that may have some problems ,low battery.
I am thinking about putting bigger tires on all fours that would be nice to not brake my back !
 

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There is nothing on the power steering unit that indicates what the power use is. But both of our machines have 25 amp charging circuits as well. We have good batteries in both and have never had problems even with the lights. I have a winch and have not had problems plowing snow. So I am hoping it will work out. But first things first. It has to fit in and work acceptably before the power consumption could be a problem anyway. Time will tell.
 

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that doesnt relly look that much bigger than cats here is cats p.s.
 

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hey guys i think i just found where cat is getting there power steering.....
here is 3 pics 2 from flaming river and one is from cat,,, id say there the same...
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (catwalkin @ Feb 12 2010, 12:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
hey guys i think i just found where cat is getting there power steering.....
here is 3 pics 2 from flaming river and one is from cat,,, id say there the same...[/b]
Nice find catwalkin! you have a web site for that? They give any further info on the unit or a cost?
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (CZDiesel @ Feb 12 2010, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (catwalkin @ Feb 12 2010, 12:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hey guys i think i just found where cat is getting there power steering.....
here is 3 pics 2 from flaming river and one is from cat,,, id say there the same...[/b]
Nice find catwalkin! you have a web site for that? They give any further info on the unit or a cost?
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as a matter of fact i do,, have you ever heard of flaming river products,, they make alot of hot rod parts,, racknpinion;s manual steering boxes all kinds of steering components...

you ready for the cost,,, $1900.00 for the complete system, then you have to to the mods...

i think im liking the 2005 and up chevy colbolt unit if i was to tinker....
 

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Oh wait, let me pull out that $1900 from my extra bank account.... YIKES!! I'm liking the Chevy route as well.
 

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I still haven't finished my garage renovation project so I haven't started on the TRV yet. It may still be a couple of weeks. It seems like I only get one or two evenings a week to work on projects lately. I will post with pictures if the project works out.
 
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