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Posted by Carl on May 15, 2001 at 18:18:55:

In Reply to: I agree, but.... posted by Chester on May 15, 2001 at 14:22:15:

All to often people feel that by adding an "aftermarket" part, that this will be assumably better. Not always, especially on street cars. While this can be easier shooting with engine mods, suspensions systems are a whole other animal. Much research and money needs to be spent tuning suspension parts, and also this needs to be done by talented people. There is a lot of hype in this area, because the margins for profit are very good.

Also just because it is firmer, has a higher tension rating, larger diameter - doesn't mean you will get positive results. Firmer/tighter is not always better, any racer will tell you this. Your driving style and many physical variables will be different for different people. I have tuned to and driven cars too tight and have had to "loosen" them out. Control is your important factor and usually it is the newbie who prefers very tight because they interpret this as mishandling of the car, or they are too nervous as to the oversteer characteristic or roll factor... even though if left it yielded faster times only if the driver would adjust to it.

my 2 cents

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