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Old 09-29-2000, 03:19 PM   #1
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Location: Trunkmonkey Racing
762 PGT Impreza L,
Silverado EXT, Yaris

Thumbs up Emergency lange change at 65 MPH with 22mm rear swaybar.

So I'm bopping along 309 this morning getting ready to merge onto 78 about a mile away from work (Allentown, PA) and traffic drops down to about 45 MPH. Two lanes of 309 merge with two lates of 78 for a total of four lanes. The right lane becomes exit only and the other three lanes are straight highway.

I pull into the left lane of 309 and get ready to pull out into the "right" lane of 78. There's no traffic at all from 78 so I downshift and punch it to get up to 65 MPH as I merge with 78. I'm now in the second lane from the left with absolutely no one in my lane or the left lane. All the traffic doing 45 MPH is still in the right lane.

Out of reflex, I did a head check to make sure the left lane was open. Just as I start to pass the person doing 45 MPH holding up the right lane (no one is in front of her) she decides that she really wants to occupy my space and changes lanes into me. Yeek!

I punch the throttle, my hamster works overtime on the engine, I slam the wheel to the left, the Trunkmonkey leans all the way out and I pulled a perfect arc around her. No understeer. No tire squeal. Just a perfect arc halfway into the left lane, around her and back in front of her.

With the 18/20/22mm bar set to 22mm for AutoX, the car feels like its on rails! I put it on 22mm just in time for Camden last Sunday and I've been driving with it all week to get a feel for it. Gets a little squirrely in the rain (almost lost it on an exit in the rain going to Camden), but one gets used to the firmness of the rear end.

I definitely approve!

Trunkmonkey is here! There is no cone...
Sean Sosik-Hamor < [email protected] >
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Old 09-29-2000, 03:35 PM   #2
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'03 Evo, Rice White
'01 Erion CBR 929


Did one of those a few months back, 20mm rear bar. Only I was in the leftmost lane and had nowhere to go but a half-sized breakdown lane. (maybe 5-6' wide.)

I got on the brakes hard enough not to hit the other car but soft enough not to get rear-ended by a fullsize Dodge, swerved about 3' into the breakdown lane and played it cool.
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Old 09-29-2000, 06:07 PM   #3

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I haven't had to swerve real hard, but I have had to nail the brakes pretty hard and aviod an idiot or two. I had the same setup as you Sean, and yeah, it feels great. Now I've got the 5Zigen springs on a set of AGX's and now... I can officially say that it feels like it's on rails. Need better tires... Kumho 712's are too soft-sidewalled for my driving.
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:05 PM   #4
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Good god, 8, Kuhmos are too soft? Planning on going to solid rubber?
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