ok well, i got the idea for this thread after i posted on the "Dinan Suspension" thread. ok here are some quick hints that me and alot of friends used to do for extreamly nice handling, and i promise some seem very unorthodox but trust me, first of all,lol cutting springs is NOT that ghetto. It can save you sooo much money, and be just as good if not better than some mid range suspensions. Try getting front springs from a heavier car, something with a bigger engine, and then cut. it makes a big difference. im not a cut spring fan, but i run them , and im dispelling the myth right here and now. the second thing, is lowering your car. dont even play with sways and strut bars yet. lowering will make a huge difference that you cannot appreciate with sways and struts. hell they dont even fully work, until you go lower. when you go low, your bringing the vehicle closer to the ground, so therefore it has a lower center of gravity. the vehicle will be more hesitant to rock to the sides when cornering. this is good for maintaining control and not looking stupid, but downside is in the rain. sway is good in the rain, so a stiff suspension will make you slide, so be careful. you dont have to slam like i did, but just go lower. plus wheel gap if fucking ugly anyways, make them TUCK! after you have done these things, you can then try sways and strut bars. but beware it will make it even tighter! one of the last but MOST important things you can do if you are HARDCORE, is with steering. now, some people say this is very dangerious or unorthodox, but they live in a dream world, and drive minivans. we are young, and thats what its about lol. we can have leather seats and gay techtronic shifting when we are old and fat and lazy. first , i have seen guys tighten the steering rods on the cars to make less play for turning the wheel. this will make the wheels turn faster and have more repsonse to the wheel. this is very dangerious, and you MUST know what you are doing. the easier way to make it more responsive than you could ever imagine, disconnect your power steering. thats right folks, no more power steering. fuck it. get strong. steer that bitch. yes it sucks at low speed in parking lots, but you will adjust to it very fast. also you get like 2-6HP from disconnecting it :P anyways lol, the response you will feel is amazing. DO NOT do this unless you have lowered first. you must have dropped your car you will are really increasing your chances of eating shit. i cannot even imagine what a non dropped car would do if you pulled the wheel with no power steering. anyways, also disconnecting this takes away the chances of oversteer and some understeer. when you move the wheel, the car moves with you, no more play on the wheel. NONE. it will move like it was intended to. just give it a shot, i know it sounds crazy, but let me know how it goes. we have done this to all of our cars, and it is wonderful. hell my car didnt even have it STOCK!!!! granted i drive a honda for now, bmw isnt that much of a difference, just in price, thats it. suspension is suspension and motors are motors., trust me. if you drop your car , you might want to pay attention to your camber. if you let this go unchecked, you will start going through tires kinda fast. it all depends on the degree of severity of your camber, but it can be bad. i go through new front tires about every 3 - 4K miles. i camber VERY bad, like -7degrees. negative camber can also increase your handling, but save it for the track, trust me tires get too expensive. try setting negative camber like 3-7 degrees in the back, the wheels will slant inward like this / --- \
it will help ya but like i said for the track only or unless you just wanna be hardcore
well guys , i hope these hints help ya out, and maybe you really can start taking advantage of these wonderful handling cars if you havent already. btw, just cause hondas are cheaper, doesnt mean they suck hahaha. i would challenge any car including an m3 on this forum through some turns, and i bought my car for a measly 3K.
BE CAREFUL IN THE RAIN. all of these have a tendancy to make you spin or lose it in the rain in turns. also for some reason, a couple of friends and i have noticed increased hydroplaning when you go lower. if you are worried about this, then dont do it or do like i did, make yourself hydroplane alot, and you wont care anymore. just let off the gas and you'll be ok lol, dont hit the brakes haha. anyways, try and and post and tell me how it went.