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Re: Suspension mod questions (archive)

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Posted by aiiee on March 03, 2001 at 08:44:23:

In Reply to: Suspension mod questions posted by JT on March 02, 2001 at 22:29:25:

I want to install H & R spring and Bilstein sport shocks on my M roadster to improve its handling. Has anyone done the exact same thing and how do you like it ? Or anyone has a better suggestions ?

I just did this mod. The ride is firm but IMHO not harsh. Rough roads are a pain,but for me the
tradeoff in handling is worth it. If you aren't afraid of losing all your understeer, I would recommend you take advantage of having your car apart and increasing your negative camber up front by swapping the upper front strut bearings side for side. This will increase uneven tire wear but you can swap tires side for side up front when that happens ( you have to remount the tires obviously ). The car will now go *exactly* where you point it in turns.

All this should cost you around 7-800 $ if you do the labor yourself. Add $300 if you have a shop install them. The only thing I'm missing from the Dinan set up is the sways. I think this is a DIY job if you have a little mechanical aptitude. I have *very* little and it went fine for me. You will need access to an air wrench to get the nuts off the front top strut bearing. There may be another way, but I couldn't find it.

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