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What Can I Do To Make My Car More Stiff?

Old 09-May-2005, 08:14 PM
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Ditch the stock struts.
Install Koni Yellow struts.
Adjust to full stiff.
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Old 09-May-2005, 08:15 PM
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Oh, an urethane ES bushing kit to replace all of your stock rubber bushings.
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hehe jk, like mike said, start off by getting some decent struts, then if u still wanna have it even stiffer, get some strut bars and whatnot. polyeurathane bushings work great too
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Old 09-May-2005, 08:18 PM
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aftermarket shocks, ES master bushing kit, C-pillar and floor bar, rear lower tie bar etc.
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Old 09-May-2005, 08:33 PM
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custom roll cage will full out adjustable coilover/shock combo...and a nice size swaybar in the rear...some sticky shoes would help too
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Old 09-May-2005, 09:58 PM
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sway bars for sure.
Sway bars make a HUGE difference, especially when your car doesn't come equipped with a rear sway bar.
But its a good choice to do the suspension first, before concentrating on speed. You don't need a fast car to have fun in the twisties. And besides, take it from me, once you start dumping money into your car trying to make it go fast, you won't wanna spend the money on suspension.
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Old 09-May-2005, 10:06 PM
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yup get ur suspension and brakes up to par first and then worry about accelerating faster. Unless u just drive in straight lines it helps to have a better handling car and upgrading ur brakes will allow u to brake later meaning u can drive harder into corners
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Old 09-May-2005, 11:10 PM
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Tie bars are primarily for bling. Thicker sway bar in the rear will definitely help, though. You could go stiffer in the front as well, but then you better really like understeer
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Old 09-May-2005, 11:23 PM
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cut yer springs


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or am i......
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Old 10-May-2005, 09:08 AM
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Adjustable coilover - dampening + height

Stiffer urethane bushings - lower/upper control arms, trailing arm bushings, sway bar bushings... etc

Sway bars

Strut bars

Roll bar/cage

Seam welding

Foam injection into unibody rails


But remember this, a car that is too stiff will have a really hard time turning. You want a stiff frame, but you don't want to go overboard. Finding a balance is the key.
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Old 10-May-2005, 09:15 AM
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easiest way, just upgrade your shocks. then depending on how you like the ride keep upgrading until you are satisfied.
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Old 10-May-2005, 10:48 AM
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if u wanna go for a stiff ride, come in my car
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Old 10-May-2005, 11:44 AM
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Get Koni Yellows, and enjoy that. Tie bars will do NOTHING.
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Old 10-May-2005, 11:51 AM
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yup get the shocks obviously

all i have right now is tein ss coilovers and a lower rear tie bar that was already on the car from the previous owner

car handles like crazy even on these winter tires...it gets to the point where you can feel the tires folding over

cant wait til i slap my wheels on on friday
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Another suggestion is asking for rides from different people. Sit in their car and feel the ride. Then you will know what type of package you should be after.
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Originally posted by Gallagher
if u wanna go for a stiff ride, come by my place
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Ah the fabulous mis-quote, good one..

As for the ride/handling, there are different levels of "stiff" available. The most important thing is to match your spring and shocks such that they work well together. This is why full coilovers such as Teins, Omnipower, H&R, D2 etc work so well yet the ride is still streetable.

Currently I have a set of Illuminas with progressive rate springs on coilover sleeves 450F/350R and the ride though stiff is not unbearable on our great roads. The other thing to take into consideration is ride height. Generally the more drop a spring has compared to stock the stiffer the spring rate which then equates to a rougher ride. Just some things to think about.
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Old 10-May-2005, 01:25 PM
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If I decide to keep my car past this next winter, I think my next suspension set-up will be the H&R Cup Kit.
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Start with shocks and then buy sway bars. Koni Yellow or Illuminas combined with a sway bar kit (like the suspension techniques one) should be all you need for now. Maybe a front sway bar (you might need new front LCAs to accomodate it). If that still doesn't make it handle well enough, then go nuts on the chassis bracing until you're satisfied.
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