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I agree, but.... (archive)

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Posted by Chester on May 15, 2001 at 14:22:15:

In Reply to: Re: POLL: Rear sway bar tab failure (failure theor posted by Seth Thomas on May 15, 2001 at 13:56:43:

While I'm sure that the factory sways are matched to the factory springs, I'm sure that angled links will not help the cause. That's just a design issue. If you put heavier springs on there, yes, you will better match the springs to the heavier springs, but you've just aided in masking the problem. So now the springs do most of the resisting of body roll, etc, but you still have lateral forces if you have an angled link. Is this the optimal setup? I don't think so.

Fact is, any properly designed bars should locate the links as parallel to the direction of movement as possible.

I remember reading a post on the E36M3 list that showed that an owner had a full aftermarket suspension installed (stiff springs, stiff struts, and big sway bars). The lister said that there was such thing as having too much sway bar. To prove his point, they totally disconnected the sways and ran an autox circuit. The times did not differ by much. But the point is that he had a full blown race suspension. That is definitely something that is not streetable.

So while it would be great for everyone who has larger bars to go out and buy springs that match (read, more stiff) the fat sways, you will definitely have a less comfortable daily driver... Of course, if your car is more track oriented, then who cares, right? Fat bars with the stock suspension is a compromise. You get the reduction in body roll (which doesn't necessarily go hand in hand with improvement in handling) and you still retain some double wheel bump compliance.

Chester


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