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Old 01-09-2009, 08:58 AM   #10
LetItSnow
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A lot of it depends on what you're doing with your car when your foot's on the floor, too... If you spend your time in second gear in autocross, you don't want all your power to show up late. I wonder what that curve would look like in a gear-to-gear graph like the one williaty showed above?

This does raise reason to ask "Where do I get the claimed +5hp from this part?" If it's at 5800RPM, and it costs you power up to 3500RPM, it might not be what you want.

This same thing applies to suspension. I don't think a lot of people work out what they're going to get with their aftermarket springs, struts, and swaybars. Popular part combinations are popular for a reason, but sorting out how your car will end up in turning balance, resonance, and ride are all factors that can be worked into choosing a custom setup.
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