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Old 03-29-2015, 08:30 AM   #36
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well I installed my steeda sway bars yesterday, first impression was the quality, I was very impressed everything from the bars to the endlinks, to the hardware was top notch. Very glad I chose steeda. I installed them with the rear on full soft and the front on the middle setting. First driving impression was that the car was a lot more composed, less drama at the limit. However I do have significantly more oversteer, the rear wants to lose traction under throttle and slip out when pushed. It did seem to get a little better after 20 miles or so, not sure if its the parts breaking in or me getting used to it. My question is, I am surprised that with the rear already on full soft I'm having oversteer, should I put the front on full stiff to cure it?

No stiffening the front will only cause more oversteer. Stiffen the back to correct oversteer.


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^ this. Start by changing your rear to stiffest, and front to softest. See how your car behaves, and go from there.
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No stiffening the front will only cause more oversteer. Stiffen the back to correct oversteer.


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No, the more front sway the more understeer. The stiffer the rear is the more oversteer. I'd set the rear to full soft and the front to half and go from there.

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The question you should be asking is does your car oversteer or understeer? Stiffer rear one will cure a bit of understeer. Stiffer front will help with oversteer.


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No, the more front sway the more understeer. The stiffer the rear is the more oversteer. I'd set the rear to full soft and the front to half and go from there.

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No stiffening the front will only cause more oversteer. Stiffen the back to correct oversteer.


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^ this. Start by changing your rear to stiffest, and front to softest. See how your car behaves, and go from there.
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First make sure nothing is binding or hitting anything in the rear causing your oversteer-if this is a new problem.
Stiffening the front and softening the rear both will tighten the car up where the reverse is also true. The main difference is that the front bar is more responsible for corner entry and corner exit as where the rear bar is more prominent at the apex-or for transient handling. The center of the corner. This is what unhooks the car enough to turn at the center for just long enough to change direction and once the body settles its the front bar and rear spring/shock rate that takes over. Corner entry is all front sway bar and front springs/shocks. The sway bars only work when they are being twisted, so picture the body of the car rotating differently in different parts of the corner and it will be much more clear what's going on. Different drivers will prefer different settings depending on their style. A lot of folks use a big sway bar up front and no sway bar in the rear...just depends on your driving style and how well your sway bars match (or don't match) your spring rates.
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well i ended up going with full stiff in front full soft in rear, so far thats the best setting and i like it. ran autocross today and it was a big difference from last season, very composed, more grip, very pleased. now the only problem is that there is a very loud clunk from under the front of the car when i hit a bump. checked everything , nothing appears to be loose or hitting so ill drive it a few more days and see if i can figure it out
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well i ended up going with full stiff in front full soft in rear, so far thats the best setting and i like it. ran autocross today and it was a big difference from last season, very composed, more grip, very pleased. now the only problem is that there is a very loud clunk from under the front of the car when i hit a bump. checked everything , nothing appears to be loose or hitting so ill drive it a few more days and see if i can figure it out
Front clunk will most likely be sway bar end links or spring isolator.

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well i ended up going with full stiff in front full soft in rear, so far thats the best setting and i like it. ran autocross today and it was a big difference from last season, very composed, more grip, very pleased.
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I did an autocross today. Beat some STIs and EVOs by a 4+ seconds. 2 seconds behind a modded 01 Cobra on Hoosiers......

I'm still on stock sway bars also.


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^ impressed...
Negative camber I assume, along with your suspension mods, would make a mean machine...
Got negative on the Porsche and it handles out of this world...


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sway bars worth it?

I need better tires and stiffer rear sway bars to address the understeer and it'll be good for quite a few more seconds. Check back in the pics and vids section for POV video from my runs.


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