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Old 02-04-2010, 09:59 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Daishi00 View Post
If that was your point then yes I agree. It seemed like you were trying to make it sound that to have a good handling vehicle it had to be a bear to drive around town.
np. interweb makes it hard to get a point across sometimes

Originally Posted by Daishi00 View Post
You still need droop regardless if you're running higher spring rates and higher rated dampers. This idea that spring rate removes the need for travel makes no sense. You want the tire to maintain contact with the road as much as possible and if you don't have travel you're going to start lifting wheels which is going to lower overall grip levels.
As long as the motion ratio of the damper is suited to the droop travel and stops the damper from bottoming out then comparing droop travel of one suspension setup to that of another is irrelevant - and even more so for those cars wanting improved track performance.

You can have oodles of droop travel and still ride the bumpstops (ie. like stock STi strut/spring combo) and wreak havok on suspension performance, or you can have less droop travel, with suitable dampers and motion ratio to suit the application that rarely ride the bumpstops at all (plus the many points in between).

I'm just saying, ppl need to educate themselves a little more before throwing around the droop travel argument as the be all and end all of good suspension design.

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