Q-Amp steering units have built in variable orifices that provide flow directly to the cylinder without going through the gerotor section. The orifices do not open until after the gerotor begins to rotate and then gradually open until the desired flow is achieved which is proportional to the flow going through the gerotor. A typical Q-Amp unit has a ratio of 1.6 : 1 which means the flow of the cylinder is 1.6 times the flow going through the gerotor when turning the steering wheel at medium to fast speeds. (See model code for available ratios.)
- Manual Steering
Steering a vehicle with loss of engine power may not be possible with a large displacement steering control unit (SCU). Q-Amp with manual feature has the smaller displacement required for manual steering and has the additional flow requirement of the larger displacement SCU for power steering.
- Single Cylinder (Unequal area)
On vehicles with one single unequal area cylinder the steering wheel turns lock to lock are more in one direction than the other. When extending the rod one would get more turns than when retracting it. A different Q-Amp ratio while turning in one direction versus the other can be used to give an equal number of turns lock to lock in each direction.
- High displacement steering units
- Vehicles with manual steering requirements (emergency back-up)
- Articulated vehicles that work in various environment (driving straight and frequent sharp turns) such as wheel loaders, log skidders, scrapers, trucks, combines, row crop tractors, and large articulated agricultural tractors