If you have a C2 or C3 Corvette and you are running an upgraded suspension, bigger front tires, and using it for aggressive events like track days and autocrosses you are likely experiencing some frame distortion in the area of the steering box at the front of the car. This is an issue that people have known about for years but RideTech has just stepped up to fix it with the introduction of their C2/C3 steering box reinforcement. This bolt on, thick gauge steel piece provides another angle of support for the steering box with multiple pickup points so it is locked into place and you are getting only what you need from it, consistent steering inputs that are not diminished by a frame that is distorting.
1973 through 1983 Chevy trucks have a similar issue when people run larger tires but the reality is that the larger tires combined with the side loading in the autocross makes the Corvette issue more pressing for high performance drivers. If you are building a C2/C3 Corvette or already have, this reinforcement is a no brainer upgrade that installs in minutes and will provide you with a better, more predictable, and harder cornering car.
Here’s the official word from RideTech:
The C2 and C3 Corvette’s are known to have flexing issue at the steering box when running a wider tire on the front. This was an issue that has needed to be addressed for years. During the 48 Hour Corvette build we built a prototype steering box brace as a bolt-on reinforcement. This bracket is designed to work with the Borgeson power steering box and will simply bolt on to your existing system in just minutes. The 48 Hour Corvette runs a 315-30-18 tire all the way around while seeing more abuse on the autocross and road course than any car should have to endure. The frame and box flex is now a thing of the past thanks to this bracket we are now offering to the public. Purchase yours today!