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Old 02-27-2004, 06:43 PM   #15
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08 Yamaha WR250R
07 Suzuki DL650


Originally posted by turnbuckle1212
the FXT tends to "nose dive" excessively under heavy breaking and can be nearly uncontrolable on an uneven or bumpy surface. exiting corners can also be very tricky on the stock suspension considering the amount of front end lift resulting in nasty understeer.
I sometimes wonder if I'm driving an utterly different vehicle than you guys.

IMO, the Forester's stock suspension excels at sucking up uneven surfaces, and while you can make it push into a corner by turning in too quickly, it tends to start to oversteer mid-corner when approaching the limits of traction. Granted, this is with an auto and 50hp less, maybe the extra power and the manual's VC diff makes it behave differently.

It IS easy to get into trouble when transitioning -- the amount of body lean means that snap-oversteer is easy to make happen. When that starts happening it's not a good time to be lifting the loud pedal. Stiffer roll bars should help.
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