New Photos of the 240Z / 260Z Power Steering Kit!

We’ve been so overwhelmed with the day-to-day operations of production, marketing, and filling orders, we realized we didn’t have any good photos of the new and improved ZPS power steering kit… So, without further ado, here it is!

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More detailed photos are available here: http://zpowersteering.com/photos


Right-hand drive Fairlady Z owners, you’re in luck!

We’ve gotten a TON of emails here at Zpowersteering asking if our conversion will work on a right-hand drive Fairlady Z.

RHD 240Z

The short answer is, ABSOLUTELY!

There’s really no difference, with the exception of rotating the column around so the motor unit faces the other direction.

If you can remove and reinstall a Z steering column, you can install the Zpowersteering unit – No matter WHICH side of the car you sit on!

Contact us today at info@zpowersteering.com or simply order directly from this site – We look forward to helping you fall in love with your Z again.

-Greg

More improvements to the Zpowersteering.com kit!

As the high demand for the Zpowersteering.com conversion kit caught us by surprise, we found that there wasn’t a whole lot of time to prepare a fully-detailed installation manual for our customers. Granted, the system is incredibly easy to install, but there’s something about having an instruction manual to refer to when you buy a new goodie – Even if you’re one of those people who takes pride in NOT reading the manual!

At any rate, we’re currently working on developing a pdf-based manual for our customers. But in the meantime, we’ve also made a few improvements to the kit to make it even better!

  • We’ve redesigned the rheostat settings to allow for a wider range of assist adjustment, and found that we could completely eliminate the on/off switch and related wiring. Now, simply dialing the rheostat all the way down gives a minimum of steering assist.
  • Also, we’ve incorporated the ground terminal into the ‘brain box.’ This means when you mount the box to the firewall, the system is grounded, and eliminated one more wire!
  • We decided that we’d let customers get creative with where they want to mount the rheostat control knob, so we secured a unit with a longer shaft that can be trimmed to fit for shallow installs, or it can remain long for a more “remote” installation.
  • Lastly, we eliminated the need for an external fuse by incorporating an internal circuit breaker in the brain box. Some customers may still want to run a fused power wire, so in that case we recommend a 40A in-line fuse.

To our past, current, and future customers, we’d like to say “thanks” for making Zpowersteering such a quick success. We look forward to meeting you at the next Z event in your area!

-Greg Childs
Zpowersteering.com

Power Steering for your classic Datsun Z is here!

For years, owners of early Z-cars have struggled with the lack of power steering options for the classic Datsun 240Z / 260Z / 280Z.  Those of us with lowered suspension and wide tires, or engine swaps, know all too well that the Z can be a challenge to maneuver at low speeds.

How would you like to find a Datsun Z power steering solution that offers smooth, responsive steering feel, none of the steering shudder or intermittent pulsing that you get from an older hydraulic system, less strain and drag on your engine, no hydraulic lines or power steering fluid to deal with, and a clean, uncluttered engine bay?  Can you imagine parallel parking your Z with one finger?

Enter the Zpowersteering solution!  We believe this system to be the most affordable, practical, reliable and unobtrusive option for the Datsun Z, and it can be installed quickly and easily by the average owner.

Benefits of this Power Steering Conversion for your Z-car:

  • No Major Modifications:  are made to your vintage Z-car… Everything is designed to be located under the dash and is almost completely invisible. That’s a definite plus, considering our early Z’s are really climbing in value.  This system retains the original steering ratio, as designed by Datsun – and the system can be completely removed without a trace.
  • Simplicity of Installation:  The Zpowersteering system can be installed in your Z in a few hours, using common tools.
  • Reliability:  Designed to last - It’s silent, maintenance-free, and can’t leak!  The Zpowersteering system uses the same reliable mechanism used by major auto manufacturers, and although the Z conversion is new to the market, our development team has been outfitting other classic cars for years.
  • Compatibility:  The 45-amp electric motor will function fine with a standard Z alternator in good health – although, if you haven’t already done it, we highly recommend all early Z owners upgrade to a more modern alternator solution: Datsun 240Z / 260Z alternator upgrade.
  • Adjustability:  You may prefer a little less assist, while other drivers may like to dial it up a bit… it’s as simple as turning a dial!  You can have maximum assist in the parking lot, and less on the highway.  The Zpowersteering computer senses steering input torque, so that it’s not over-boosting your steering effort.
  • Affordability:  The Zpowersteering system is THE most affordable way to add power steering to your Z.
  • Quick turnaround:  We know you don’t want to wait, and no one wants their Z to be out of commission.  Simply install the power steering system, place your old column in the box, and ship it back to us.  We’ll even cover the shipping!
  • Safety:   I’ve had a couple people ask me, “What happens if the electric motor fails? You’re gonna have no steering!” … Well, no. In fact, if the electric power steering system ever failed (highly unlikely), the car would steer exactly like it did prior to the power steering conversion.  However, when a hydraulic power steering system fails, the steering instantly becomes extremely heavy, and potentially dangerous.

We hope you’ll browse the website – Read the installation article, view the testimonials, and check out the photos… Ultimately, we hope you’ll join us and give your Z the steering ease and precision it deserves.

Thanks, and Happy Motoring!

Other power steering alternatives for the Datsun 240Z / 260Z / 280Z

Let’s look at some of the currently-available options for converting a Z to power steering…

Hydraulic Power Steering:  A traditional hydraulic power steering system can be cobbled together from junkyard parts. You’ll need to scour the wrecking yard for a suitable rack, some end links, a modern power steering pump and reservoir, plumbing, and other tidbits.

This will require removal of the front subframe, welding tabs onto the crossmember, sourcing lines and fittings, fabricating an engine bracket, pulley, and tensioner, and routing the plumbing. When you’re done, you’ll have power steering – But you’ll also have a cramped engine bay, a heavier car, more drag on your engine, and multiple new points of potential failure and leaks.

Here’s another downside of hydraulic power steering: The hydraulic pump runs continuously when the engine is running, and generally requires about 4 hp – Not only are you losing horsepower, but you’re using more fuel – even when you’re simply driving straight!

Electric Rack and Pinion Steering:  Commonly referred to as drive-by-wire, a complete electric steering system can be sourced from a modern car, and a few Z owners have done this. Again, however, there’s a lot of fabrication involved – and good luck figuring out the can-bus wiring setup from a modern vehicle.

The steering is integrated into the ECU and incorporates input from wheel sensors, body control module, and other sensors. This option is also fairly expensive, and components from a wrecked car may contain unseen damage from collision or the weather.

Electric Assist Steering:  Not quite a full drive-by-wire, these systems supplement driver input, and are available on some modern vehicles. Unfortunately, some electric power steering assist systems fail to accommodate vehicle speed or steering input (torque). They simply function as an “on-off” switch, and have no provisions to modulate the amount of assist.

These units are typically larger and more obtrusive… and we won’t even get started on the price. A recent review of Japan-sourced electric power steering conversion units were priced higher than the original price of an early Z!

The ZPowerSteering system is, without a doubt, the best option for ANYONE who wants to enjoy the comfort and convenience of power steering in their classic Datsun Z.