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Old 04-22-2003, 07:06 PM   #1
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Default Good suspension intro for n00bs?

I've been on the board for a while, but I'm still relatively clueless about all the varying pieces that go into a suspension (struts, springs, control arms, etc etc) - and the way they impact performance. Howstuffworks seems to only cover sway bars.

What would be even cooler is something Subaru specific that went over the various upgrades and what they really ultimately do, but I'd be more than happy with something generic so I don't have the usual "I've gone crosseyed" look on my face when people are talking about their suspensions...


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Old 04-23-2003, 05:18 AM   #2
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Number one thing... Upgrading the driver and the tires. There is no better modification. I dont care if you dropped $3000 on coilovers. There is a driver out there that can hand you your butt in a stock car.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:49 AM   #3
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I do an abbreviated list for starters.

1. Swaybars - Probably affect the handling characteristics more than any other change (yes it's argueable though with tires). A good first suspension mod is a larger rear sway bar. Many options are out there but an adjustable bar is usually the way to go unless you KNOW exactly what YOU want. A larger (stiffer) rear bar increases oversteer. Sometimes too much, and that is why you want adjustable. A larger front bar increases understeer. I personally have a larger front and rear to decrease the lean of the car considerably but still maintain very neutral handling traits.

2. Springs - Change the ride height normally giving a lower center of gravity. This decreases lean in turns. The stiffer spring rates also decrease the lean. This is a good choice for many people that want a "sportier" ride. When you lower the car many times the camber of the wheels also increases giving better handling characteristics.

3. Shock/Struts/Coilovers - The ultimate change. Upgrading your shock and struts will change everything about the way your car handles. A good upgrade for most people is to buy a set of STi takeoffs and use those. Coilovers make for a great track setup, but is generally too stiff for everyday driving. Initial setup is also difficult with a coilover setup.

Hope this helps. I know more, but I'm not sure how indepth you wanted this to get.
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