Hi All, I bought my 11 Prius new, back in October, and have since put 25K miles on it. I truly love the car. Barely a day goes by that I don't discover something new or find myself revelling in all the brilliant technology on display in the Prius. If I've had one complaint (other than the a-holes who love to tailgate -- regardless of my speed or lane) it's the lack of steering feel. It seems a shame that a company can spend so much money and R&D to produce this amazing car, and yet pay so little attention to something as basic as chassis tuning. We have a Miata, and while I'm realistic enough to understand that a Prius will not have the responsiveness and feel of that little roadster, I've also driven enough VW's, Audi's, and FWD Mazda's to know a front-wheel-drive car absolutely can handle well, and provide nice feedback. If you don't believe me, take a spin in the latest Jetta. It's a delight. In searching for relief from boredom behind the wheel, I found that when I pumped my tires up to the "high mileage" pressures, a lot of the dullness went away. 45 pounds is just about right, and the increased harshness is bearable. With the higher tire pressure, I actually began to enjoy driving the car, finding it to be more responsive than before, and almost fun. But then I spent some time with an Audi S4, our Miata, and again with a Jetta, and found that beautiful steering feel the Prius simply can't deliver through the electrically assisted rack. This led to many hours looking at and contemplating the purchase of a 5-Series, 3-Series, A4, A5, etc, to replace the Prius. In each case I'd consider the additional fuel and maintenance costs (!) of these cars, combined with the reduced practicality, and I'd take another look at my Prius and realize just how regretful I'd be if I sold it. So tonight, I turned to the internet. And while looking for a way to bypass the navigation system's speed-nanny, I did a search on "tuning" electric power steering. As luck would have it, I found guys who were doing research with a 1st-gen Prius. They illustrated a way to use potentiometers to vary the voltage seen by the steering system and blah, blah, blah.... I'm 41, I've owned cars without power steering. So I figured WTF? I opened the hood, flipped open the fuse panel, located that little yellow bugger, and yanked it out. Then, after just a little bit of hand wringing (remember the scene in 7 when Morgan Freeman is standing in front of the box wondering if he should open it?). I looked back at my laptop, then again at the pulled fuse, shut the hood and powered on the car. My hope that no warning lamp would be lit was immediately dashed. The little red power steering light was pretty bright. But no biggie. It's a small light that can easily be covered. I backed the Prius out of the garage and at first could not believe the steering was as heavy as it was. Back in the day, a little movement at the wheels usually resulted in a significant reduction in the amount of effort needed to steer. But then, the Prius steering unit was meant to have power assist, so it's geared differently than those old manual units which came with gearing that was far less aggressive. Once straightened out and headed down my curving driveway, I could immediately feel the difference. I mean, more than just an increase in effort, I could feel stuff going on down there. I wanted this so bad, my first thought was that it was a placebo effect. So I headed down the road, got up some speed, and found some sweeping turns (fairly rare, here in northern Illinois). Off-center effort is light. As steering input increases, the effort increases dramatically. In other words, the effort is not quite linear, but initially light, then HEAVY. But not oppressively so. Also, this was my first go at it, compared to the previous 25,000 miles of light numbness, my bicycle steering feels heavy. On gently sweeping turns and small corrections, the steering had actual feel. More than that, the steering has real feedback. You can read uneven surfaces through your hands. Undulating roads actually feel like undulating roads. At one point, I made a turn and I hit some light debris. Low and behold, the steering went light, actually communicating the reduced grip. After only a few miles, I found old habits kicking in. As I came to a stop where I intended to turn right, I found myself prepositioning the steering wheel to go right while the car was still moving. I smiled as I realized the last time I did that was back in my non-ps Corvette, so many years ago. I returned home and had a little bit of concern as I approached my garage, afraid the sharp turn would be too difficult. It wasn't. I had already compensated for the increased effort, and turning into the garage was a complete non-event. The jury is still out, but the preliminary findings are encouraging. I don't think I'll keep this setup for good. It's a novelty that I think would quickly become tiring in the day-to-day grind. But if I can accomplish what was outlined on the website I found, possibly reduce the electric assist by about 70-80 percent, and still have real feedback, I'm game. I'd do it in a heartbeat. If I go down this road, I'll give you my update here. If any of the rest of you have experimented with this and have something to offer, I'd love to hear about it. Cheers!