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Old 10-03-2003, 07:54 PM   #1
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Suspension Questions/Help: Spring Rates, Tein HEs, Grip and Drift

Hello everyone, I am just trying to figure some stuff out on Suspension (ultimately deciding on what I will buy). From what I have read (searched) here, people generally seem to say the high the spring rate the better the car will handle (this also makes the ride less comfortable), (S13/14 the front usually being 1-2 KGs higher than the rear), and this makes some sense. This allows the tires to put more pressure onto the ground, increasing lateral Gs... Am I correct in saying that? Is there more to it?

Then there are a few things I am curious about:

If this is correct then what I want to know is why did a Project Car like Sport Compact Car's S13, with JICs FLT-A2s (8 KG front, 6 KG rear) drop them down to 6 KG front and 5 KG rear, and then was able to achieve 1 G on the skid pad? They said it was too stiff (Vol. 15, No.10/Oct. '03)...

I am really interested in the Tein HEs, but I want to know if they are really "drift" specific Coilovers and why? I want a car that I can drift with, but ultimately (I think) I really just want to be able to go fast in a not straight line (Togue, roadracing/autox,). Would a setup with HEs (8kg F/6kg R) inhibit ultimate grip?

I hope this makes sense, and these questions have not been answered before/beaten to death.

Thanks so much, I have learned so much from the forums already (I have found it to be one of the best ones out there) wish I would have found it a while ago.

Thanks -- talk to you soon,
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