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Old 06-13-2012, 10:27 AM   #293
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Originally Posted by ezil71 View Post
Those are all too stiff for the RCE's - see Tic's comment above - the range is 4 to 5 for the most part.

Your wagon is probably pretty close to mine


4 3/8 front

4 11/16 rear

Keep in mind there is really only 1 setting that is 'ideal', so changing for autox might 'feel' better, but your best gripping setup is going to feel softer than what you are using now and don't bother going stiffer than 4.

Even a 1/8 or 1/16 turn can make big difference!
Yep, I did see that comment above. There was an autox on this last Sunday and I did some experimenting...I started off at 3 front and 2.5 rear for the 4 morning runs. For the afternoon runs (only 2), I cranked them up to 2.5 front and 2 rear. My times did improve considerably (improved about a full second per lap), however part of that may be due to learning the course better and better driving.

However, it is worth mentioning that I am still on stock sway bars, and I'm probably seeing "gains" from stiffening because it is dialing out some of that body roll. It was discussed in here before somewhere that stiffening the struts to reduce body roll is NOT the correct mechanism for reducing body roll...sway bars are. I guess its also worth mentioning that I got some "funky" tire wear (ie shredding in the middle of the tire) from the first autox when I had the struts at 0 (probably had tire pressures a bit high too).

Sure, I am seeing from gains from over-dampening, however I will probably see an even bigger gain in handling with bigger sway bars and the proper dampening. Ultimately, I'm going to need to upgrade my swaybars and keep the d-specs around the 4-5 range!

Thanks all for the insight
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