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08-08-2002, 02:47 PM
race your daily driver.
The 450 Lb/In springs feel Greeeeeeat on the rough roads around Dofasco! I need a 4X4 not a racecar!
I would guesstimate that at least 50% of Solo 1 cars do double duty as daily drivers. I used to race my daily driven Prelude until I decided to build a track car (which I do drive on the street from time to time).
08-08-2002, 03:35 PM
08-08-2002, 04:09 PM
Me too. It's a real balance trying to prep your car for the track and yet still make it comfortable for the street. I'm on 500 lb/in springs and use 60 series tires on the street to keep things somewhat soft. Still, I go flying out of my seat lots of times when hitting the bumps on the Gardiner.
08-08-2002, 08:20 PM
I do aswell. 450lbs rear springs in a car that wieghs nothing is horrible. Toronto streets suck!
08-08-2002, 11:52 PM
Yup I put 20,000kms+ a year on my 93 Civic .... urethane engine mounts, loud exhaust... and VERY stiff linear spring rates
2400 lb car with 450 lb/in front springs and 700lb/in rear springs .....OUCH !!!!! The 427 south is MURDER
I come out of my seat and hit the roof over certain bumps .... there is some lanesin certain sections I have to avoid : (
08-09-2002, 10:36 AM
So what's the matter with us that we put up with this stuff? Are we crazy or something?
As much as I LOVE sports cars I gotta tell you that I've been eyeing those old softly sprung, cushy and quiet Cadilacs a lot. And, I actually look forward to taking a taxi cab rides. They're so nice and quiet and soft :)
08-09-2002, 11:42 AM
Well thanks guys for your replies ! I guess I know what I'm going to do next year when I come out to race........trailer it !! Because I sure as hell ain't gunna' drive my car from Kitchener to Shannonville and back on a suspension that's tighter than a snare drum !!
You guys have been great with the info on this forum for answering my "newbie" questions. I'm sure it will be even better in person !!
08-09-2002, 12:43 PM
I thought I had it bad. At least I'm not bouncing off the roof.
08-09-2002, 07:54 PM
I drive my Camaro daily , including the winter. Some misguided souls think that an f body car is a work of art and shouldn't see winters but with 4 snows it is actually kind of fun , especially pulling away from unsuspecting Hondas going uphill in slippery conditions. You also get to practice various drifting techniques at very low speed .
Holy spring rate Batman , some of you Hada guys are putting up with uncomfortable cars ! My front springs on a 3500 lb car are progressives that max out at 600 lb /in and the rears only hit 160. OTOH I like my car comfortable enough that I still have a stock exhaust and we all know that manufacturers of aftermarket exhausts wouldn't possibly exaggerate their claims of 20-30 HP gains , or would they ?? . If Andrew keeps beating me with his RX 7 then I may have to invest in one. I did hear a video/audio of my car at the DDT once and it sounded just like a 91 Caprice. Please tell me it isn't so ...
08-11-2002, 11:47 PM
The 427 is death, for me and my car. I'm sure part of my shock problems are due to those 2 bumps in the left lane just before you get to gardiner expressway. Its worse then Minebuster at Canada's Wonderland!
You mean the two potholes on the ramp/overpass from 427 south to Gardiner East? Yes, those are pretty nasty. Or the joints just past that? Either are bad. Another good one is if you exit at Lakeshore, in the left lane there is a ridge, a good 2 inches high. Ouch.
08-12-2002, 03:44 PM
I put on 70k a year on my Type R with 10k F 14k R (560/780ish) springs. They get swapped out for the winter though. I have similar problems as Moose with road avoidance and roof hitting. Actually, that reminds me I haven't softened my shocks since this weekend yet...
08-13-2002, 01:06 AM
70k a year......
geo, you need a big rig, not a ITR :D
08-13-2002, 09:46 AM
Geo, are you running some sort of a taxi service with your car or running illegal substances between here and Panama?
70K a year?!!!!! Good Lord.
08-13-2002, 11:09 AM
70k a year !!
Well ya' can't say he doesn't get enought seat time !!
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