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Dinan is good enough for most (archive)

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Posted by Chip Eberhart on February 11, 2000 at 09:50:54:

In Reply to: HELP!!!...suspension question.. posted by doug on February 11, 2000 at 05:56:38:

Dinan sells a 'tuned' suspension.
Your stock suspension is 'tuned'.
Some people get lucky throwing together pieces, are completely satisfied with a non-tuned suspension or budget dictates a non-tuned suspension.
If you're not experienced tuning a suspension and put together a system yourself, you will not have a system that performs as well as Dinan's.
I put Eibachs, Bilsteins, Dinan Sways and Dinan camber plates on my car. Played around with the sway bar settings for a while got the car to perform very well and thought I had a system that would rival Dinan's. NOT!
I took back to back rides in my car and a Dinan car and noticed the difference in how the tuned suspension dealt with bumps vs. my system.
Fortunately I have a shop with race experience http://www.MidwestMotorsport.com
and I know that I can either have them tune a suspension for me or install a Dinan suspension.
I'm not a big Dinan fan (hate their prices and exhaust system but love their CAI) but would suggest you wait to make the decision until you've had rides (back to back) in both types of suspension. You wouldn't buy a suit because it fits another guy would you? You'd try it on.
Unless you're with an experienced driver, you may not notice the difference. Less experienced drivers may not have the consistency to allow you to compare the suspension vs the driving.

- Chip



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