5-link driving impressions, revisited (LONG)
Finally finished the 4 month project and put about 100 street miles on the car this week. Here is my set-up (chassis):
Steeda 5-link 2, Adjustable swaybar, and Adjsuable control arms
H&R 350lb springs, stock location
MM Coilovers with 375lb springs
Steeda bumpsteer kit
MM HD swaybar links
MM C/C plates
Brembo Cobra R front brakes
MM Subframe connectors
Now, my impressions:
1. Brake dive is SIGNIFICANTLY reduced. This is probably my favorite characteristic of this new set-up.
2. My first guesses at height, damper, and sway bar settings were pretty good. I was very impressed with the ride quality immediately, especially compared to my old set-up. It certainly is no lincoln, but it's very good considering the extent of modification. I'm sure I could improve it further with tuning . . .
3. The car just feels better in every way. Body roll is reduced, but much more predictable and linear. Turn-in and mid-corner stability seem to be improved at street speeds. It feels like the front and rear work together now.
4. The steering feel seems light for some reason. I was suprised, considering my Momo is about an inch smaller in OD than the stock wheel. This could be alignment related . . . they couldn't get as much caster and camber as I wanted (1.7deg -camber and 2.8deg caster was the max they could get). I wonder if my plates are on backwards.
5. With the dampers, sway-bar, and 4 corner ride-height, This set-up is very adjustable. I don't have access to scales right now, so I basically set the ride heights to be as even as I could get them. The car is a BIT asymmetrical in roll, with LH turns rolling a bit more than RH turns. I'm thinking I should readjust the ride heights with me in the drivers seat, at least until I can get it on a set of scales. Either that or maybe my dampers aren't adjusted exactly the same (D-specs don't have detents like Illuminas, they are infinitely adjustable). A bit of tweaking should solve this issue.
6. The brakes . . . the brakes are awesome. I haven't even gotten into them yet, but the pedal feel is very good. I'm sure once the pads are bedded and heated, they'll be more than enough for my needs (at least for now).
I'm headed out to gingerman for a test and tune evening next week, I'll post more once I get back.
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