Taking out your car's power steering would make driving miserable. If you've ever driven a car without power steering, you know what we mean. All that extra effort turning the steering wheel doesn't just give your upper-body a workout, it's also a great exercise in patience. There are also other problems associated with pulling out your power steering system.
But there are positive aspects to it. Pulling the belt off frees some horsepower by getting rid of the parasitic losses inherent in anything belt-driven. That's good. And shedding a few pounds by getting rid of all the power steering components is even better.
In a DC Integra and an EG Civic, the power steering racks are lubricated by the power steering fluid itself. Simply pulling out the power steering pump, belt, and lines leaves the rack unlubricated and vulnerable to premature wear and locking up. In an attempt to remedy that problem, Steve from stealthmodeperfomance.com has prototyped a kit that will keep fluid in the rack without keeping the OEM pump and lines in place.
Casey Heerman offered his future road race Integra Type R as a guinea pig, and woke up early on a Sunday morning to come to Plan-B Motorsports in Irvine, Calif., to turn a few wrenches for us.