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Old 06-01-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Body roll question

What is the easiest and least expensive way to cut down the body roll when taking curves at high speed? (65-70mph)


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Old 06-01-2007, 08:37 PM   #2
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new suspension w/ swaybars, and a rear strut tower brace
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:44 PM   #3
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I would think bigger sway bars, but if you're doing it at high speed you need to go over everything like matthewstetz said.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:06 PM   #4
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so what kind of suspension do i look for?
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well, you could do the svt suspension.. its about 275 bucks through steedafocus.com

you can also do an eibach suspension... will cost more, but will help out a LOT more

you can order that through massivespeedsystem.com
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if i'm gonna go through all of that installation, should i look into new rims and tires also? mine look like stock 5-spoke rims.
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you dont have to, but with a 17 inch rim, you can get a nice set of 215's on there, and the wider the tire, the better dry traction you get... so it couldnt hurt

also, if you do get a new set of rims and tires, use the new rims for the summer, and get summer tires put on them

then use the stockers for the winter
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Body roll is not something that you want to eliminate completely. Not only is it pretty much impossible, its also rather dangerous to have zero suspension compliance. You'll lose traction over uneven pavement and probably knock your fillings out in the process.

Suspension-wise, if you're looking to nearly eliminate body roll, you'll want to look at something with a high spring rate. The SVT springs are good, but their still OEM, so their only marginally stiffer than stock. My recommendation is a set of H&R race springs with KYB AGX adjustable shocks. Those springs give about a 2" drop and I want to say they're about 3 times more spring rate than stock. The adjustable shocks will allow you to stiffen up the bounce setting, which should keep the car a bit more level through the corners.

Swaybars are generally something that you want to dial in last. However, on a street car, they are generally used as a crutch to avoid super high spring rates (which dimish ride quality immensely). My philosophy is that you really shouldn't need a rear swaybar bigger than 24mm. I don't really see any reason to upgrade the front swaybar, as its a PITA to replace and I've never had any trouble with the front end of the car.

I've got FK 60/40 springs coupled with Spax adjustable shocks/struts and a Progress 22mm rear swaybar. Its a setup that I cobbled together on the cheap, so its obviously not ideal, but I think I've got it tweaked pretty well. I'm scheduled for an alignment on Tuesday, so hopefully that will take care of my remaining issues, such as my bad rear toe-in, which has lead to a nearly bald tire (which results in a scary ride in the rain).
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This is really to help the car in those nice curvy country roads where the cops are absent and you can use the accelerator more liberally. I just don't want the car to lean so much in those curves.
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i would hold out on rims and get coilovers. i wishi would have.
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