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Old 12-31-2007, 11:14 AM   #618
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2017 Forester


Originally Posted by BIGSKYWRX View Post
I had some one plug in the numbers (calculated actual suspension frequencies) combined w/ the Koni dyno graphs and at 65% critical damped this came out to very close to full soft front/rear- I'd recommend this as a start. I even ran this at a couple of autox events, with exception of quick transition stuff- slaloms and the like, it felt very good. I've since gone to slightly firmer settings for autox, but run full soft daily driving

I think there are a lots of folks running much firmer damping than needed

Not sure what critical dampening is yet, but you're suggesting starting off at full soft all around?

I took the car out last night for a spin around a local windy road area...maybe a good 20 mile stretch where I uaually average speeds of 35-40 when coasting through on my stock setup. Last night, I did a full half turn up front and a full turn in the rear (upped the dampening) and I was coasting with the greatest of ease around 45-50mph. It was almost nerve racking to see how much extra speed I could carry through the turns. It was getting late so I didn't have time for a return pass.

It was just a smooth and effortless drive, effortless in regards to how little steering input was needed to make the car rotate. I did notice a touch of oversteer on decreasing angle radius turns. I'm actually considering keeping my 20mm swaybars on the car for now since I'm pretty satisfied with the characteristics.
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