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Re: Sway Bars - Setting (archive)

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Posted by Karl Seeger on September 29, 1998 at 09:41:15:

In Reply to: Sway Bars - Setting posted by Michael W on September 28, 1998 at 18:03:10:

Sway bar settings are a personal thing. Depending on YOUR driving style and what YOU want from your car.

The Racing Dynamics sway bars are stiffer than sock, straight out of the box. You will enjoy an improvement with them set to all loose.

Most cars are set to understeer (including all Z3's). This is the easyest mode for most people to handle. The tendancy is to not want to turn into a corner (the front end slides BEFORE the rear).

Oversteer is the tendancy for the rear end to "come around" (the rear end slides before the front). Most people do not know what to do when this happens so manufactures make cars that understeer.

By setting the rear bar "tight" you remove some of the understeer making the car "neutral" or the tendancy for both end of the car to slide evenly.

Neutral is best but hard to keep. It will vary depending on how the supension is loaded.

A little understeer is not a bad thing. It is SAFE.

IMHO "stiff" front "loose" rear is good for the track. "loose" front "loose" rear is good for the street and autocross (unless you tweak your engine than you may want to go "stiff" front!?).

If you can't do the work yourself, talk to the guy who will. Have him/her drive your car, get their opinion. If they can't do that find someone who can (your just wasting money if they know less than you do!).

-Karl



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