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Remember the steering gear on the X1/9?

Car and Driver said it was the fastest ratio bar none on the street. It was. I remember driving off the lot and weaving all over the road for at least a week. In the Midget I flipped the wheel back and forth to keep the vehicle on center--not so on the X!

I got brave one day and wound it out to 104 mph and was trembling trying to make sure I didn't need to move the wheel. (Yeah, 104 is all I ever got and only tried it once.)

My interior went first, then I went through a wave of thermostats but outside of that the car held up to my insane college-boy behavior. Once my car overheated until the engine froze up! I left it parked on a side street and went back 12 hours later. I cranked right up and was angry enough to blow it up. Took it out to my favorite windy road and shifted at 8K rpms for quite a while. Nothing happened. It stayed together and seemed to like it. I somehow never managed to damage the clutch, tranny, or engine. Miracle.

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  • Remember the steering gear on the X1/9? - albee33 18:39:18 06/13/04 (2)


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