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Re: Improve the steering feel

Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:57 am

I actually like the way the steering feels both at low and high speeds.. !

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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:21 pm

Has anyone gone from the stock tires to non-LRR tires? If so, can you confirm steering has firmed up some?
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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:52 pm

I too, like many Japanese, like the easy, light steering.

I am not a race car driver.

Apparently many Europeans like the steering "heavy".

Then, here in the USA our preferences seem to be
"all over the map" in between those two.
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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:08 pm

mkjayakumar wrote:I actually like the way the steering feels both at low and high speeds.. !
Man, when I now drive my wife's SUV, it reminds me of steering an Army 6X6 back in the early 50's.

I like the LEAF's light steering.
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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:01 pm

Alas, when I went to the Michelins, there was no real improvement in steering feel. Turn in, handling, ride and braking yes, but the on-center and steering feel was just as numb and uncommunicative as with the OEM Crap-o-matics.
kubel wrote:Has anyone gone from the stock tires to non-LRR tires? If so, can you confirm steering has firmed up some?
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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:30 pm

TomT wrote:Alas, when I went to the Michelins, there was no real improvement in steering feel. Turn in, handling, ride and braking yes, but the on-center and steering feel was just as numb and uncommunicative as with the OEM Crap-o-matics.
kubel wrote:Has anyone gone from the stock tires to non-LRR tires? If so, can you confirm steering has firmed up some?

EPS can feel really nice in comparison, drive a YARIS 3 door and see how much better it is. LEAF PS is one of the worst period.

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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:46 pm

TomT wrote:Alas, when I went to the Michelins, there was no real improvement in steering feel. Turn in, handling, ride and braking yes, but the on-center and steering feel was just as numb and uncommunicative as with the OEM Crap-o-matics.
That's too bad :-( ; I wonder if you can put the Michelin Pilot Super Sports tires on the LEAF. I am thinking about getting rid of the run flats on my roadster for a set of PSS and the guys with Z4s swear by them.

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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:56 pm

I agree. If they did nothing else but cranked the boost down by about 70 percent at speed, it would be a marked improvement.
EVDriver wrote:EPS can feel really nice in comparison, drive a YARIS 3 door and see how much better it is. LEAF PS is one of the worst period.
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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:01 pm

EPS can feel really nice in comparison, drive a YARIS 3 door and see how much better it is. LEAF PS is one of the worst period

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Re: Improve the steering feel

Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:15 pm

I agree too, they should update the software or firmware or whatever, to firm up the feel of the steering at highway speeds. This is elemetary stuff. Automakers have been doing variable assist since early nineties at least. Leaf steering almost feels like the old Plymouth Fury III.
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