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Old 02-04-2010, 10:50 PM   #74
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Originally Posted by littlewhitewagon View Post
I did, I don't know the person who shot the video, so if the suspension was soft, then it would be easier to get the droop and travel.
I would call it medium. Neither terribly stiff nor terribly soft.

So ultimately, we are saying that almost all of the Japanese coilovers don't offer the performance that the Euro ones offer because of droop travel?
I would say that travel (both droop and bump together) is one of the two biggest reasons the Euro stuff is generally better regarded than the JDM stuff. The other reason being damping.

Originally Posted by Daishi00 View Post
On the track it's not as big of a deal as normally the track is smoother than roads, but for the average road in the US droop IS important.
You'd be surprised how god-awful rough some US tracks are. Not to mention that clipping the kerb to get around another car counts as one big assed bump.

Originally Posted by littlewhitewagon View Post
Ok, so here is the next problem. To get droop and sufficient bump travel, you will need a long spring. In my case, I stuffed a lot of wheel and tire in my fenders and don't have that much room to play with anymore. I noticed that many of the suspension systems that you mentioned seem to have the bottom of the spring below the top of the tire. This simply won't work in my application.
Well, you've designed yourself into a corner. That happens sometimes. You chose tires over suspension. That may or may not work out for you. That being said, we're able to run 19x10's with our SSTs, so there's go to be a solution.

I want my car to look "cool to the high skool kids", so I don't like the stock ride height. I don't want major fender gap, an inch or so is all I can really handle... I'm stuck huh?
Again, you've made a design choice that may not be compatible with other design choices. Prioritize.

Originally Posted by wrxsti.l View Post
Feel free to "want" to disagree, but regardless, you have made a compromise for better handling.

"Pretty damn comfortable" != same comfort as stock, so you have accepted the compromise in comfort, even if it is minor, for better handling and suspension performance - which is what my point was
I have to say that my car is now more comfortable than it was stock and WAY more comfortable than a stock STi. It also handles way the hell better than either. If you do things carefully and with sufficient attention to detail, you can go a long ways before you have to start choosing one over the other.
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