So, I’m looking for a little input from anyone in the club that might have knowledge or experience on PSC’s steering upgrade for Jeep Tj/Lj or at least some fabrication/wrenching experience.
I recently bought new power steering pump, gear, remote reservoir, and cooler from PSC Motorsports and had the parts installed by a reputable jeep mechanic. The install went great and the steering is greatly improved. However, I’m looking to dial in the set up just a bit more.
PSC recommends mounting the remote reservoir no further than 16″ away from the pump but says the closer the better. Engine bay mounting space on Tj’s is a bit limited as you probably all know so PSC provided a bracket for mounting the remote reservoir utilizing the brake master cylinder for a mount location. Measured out the reservoir is just about 16″ away from the pump when mounted at this location. I called PSC (on a couple of occasions) and most of the techs there say the same thing…that the bracket they provided is an engineers bright idea, but getting the reservoir closer to the pump provides better performance and system life for the pump. I guess the general idea is that the pump is a “pump”, not a sucker, and that the closer the reservoir is the less work the pump has to do and the less likely they’ll be issues with cavitation or other issues on steep climb where the level of the pump might become much higher than the level of the reservoir.
So, have any other Madhatters installed these PSC steering components on their jeeps or have any other experience or knowledge that they might be able to add? I’ve searched the internet jeep forums and have found some pictures and slight info on alternative mounting locations, but haven’t found anything substantial that I’m yet willing to try.
Some of the techs at PSC mention moving the radiator overflow bottle, or welding/mounting to the jeeps grill brace bracket but weren’t able to officially suggest an alternative solution. Though one of the race techs at PSC was quite open about badmouthing the engineers “stupid” mounting bracket part.
Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!!