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Old 02-27-2004, 07:43 AM   #11
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Join Date: May 2000
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Location: Baltimore, hon!
1998 Volvo V70R


Here's my plan:

Swaybars are fairly straight forward to install, especially the rear one. They reduce body roll and dial out a bit of understeer. This I will do.

A car with this much power deserves better tires. At a minimum, buy a good set of high performance all seasons like Dunlop SP5000 or the like. A Plus One upgrade to 17" rims is even better. This I will also do.

Get a performance alignment. add some negative camber in back, futz around with the toe in (to the extent you are able; Subaru doesn't give you much to work with). My last Subaru was transformed by this, as it quickened turn in and made the car feel more "dialed in." This I will do very soon.

Springs- I am not convinced that the improvements just springs bring to the table are worth the hassle of installing them. Certainly not in my top 3 list in terms of importance. Heck, I'll probably do XM radio before I turn my attention to springs. I do think the car looks better dropped a little, and Peaty's car is a great example, but I'm pretty happy with the damping rates already. Having sais that, I may change my mind after an autocross or 2, but so far my explorations of the car's damping rates have proven quite satisfactory. I think swaybars and tires are going to make a more dramatic diference, and springs would be the icing on the cake that makes it a complete visual and performance package.
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