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Old 02-12-2018, 12:58 PM   #1
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Whiteline Watts Link Suspension - Anyone Have One?

I graduated from a V6 to a 2011 GT Premium Pack with 3.73 gear ratio. Car is bone stock with exception of a Magnaflow Catback. Anyone out there have any first hand experience with Watts Link suspension?
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First off thats a good looking car.

The watts link will just give you more confidence going around corners. It acts like an IRS so if back right hits a bump the whole rear end isn't affected. Taking turns over bumps will literally feel like the rear end hoped over which is scary so the watts link will help with that.

That being said, if your on a track where the pavement is nice, the panhard bar setup is just as capable if not better then the watts link. But for everyday driving it'll make it more comfortable and easier to drive fast around corners.

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Watt's link does NOT make the rear act like an IRS... not even close. It makes it act like a SRA with a Watt's link...

There are pluses and minuses to Watt's vs Panhard bar. Google it all and do some reading. I'd just go with a good BMR adjustable PHB and call it.
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Watt's link does NOT make the rear act like an IRS... not even close. It makes it act like a SRA with a Watt's link...

There are pluses and minuses to Watt's vs Panhard bar. Google it all and do some reading. I'd just go with a good BMR adjustable PHB and call it.
I have a convertible, so the only off the shelf option is the FAYS2 Watts link that is specific for S197 convertibles.

But, since I will never see hard core track, I purchases the next best thing which is waiting to be installed.

BMR adjustable pan-hard bar.
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Thanks for the feedback all. I've done some research but am looking for anyone"s actual first hand experience as well. Although not technically a daily driver, I do put a decent amount of highway miles on it. I have done a couple of test and tunes and am looking for the best of both worlds scenario.
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What's the goals? Unless tracking or encountering fairly bumpy roads on a regular basis i dont think it will be worth it for you. I think the Whiteline Watts link is an excellent purchase, BUT if it's a pretty hefty investment, so it's best to make sure you understand what you're getting out of it.
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What's the goals? Unless tracking or encountering fairly bumpy roads on a regular basis i dont think it will be worth it for you. I think the Whiteline Watts link is an excellent purchase, BUT if it's a pretty hefty investment, so it's best to make sure you understand what you're getting out of it.
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As a basically stock car, there are many other things that would be a more worthy first investment.
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And then you get into roll centers, anti squat and more advanced suspension geometry and the pros and cons of a watt's vs good PHB setup etc...
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So, understanding there are many mods out there. My primary goals for now are lessening wheel hop on initial acceleration and improving overall handling on rough sections of road. If there is a better solution than the Watts link to accomplish these goals I would like to know.
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So, understanding there are many mods out there. My primary goals for now are lessening wheel hop on initial acceleration and improving overall handling on rough sections of road. If there is a better solution than the Watts link to accomplish these goals I would like to know.
For wheel hop I'd start with upper and lower control arms. Don't do the upper without also getting the matching mount
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I agree with this ^. You're talking about roughly half the initial investment for what may end up being the desired result. Luckily it's not like this is a "one or the other" type thing either.

The problem is you're wanting to fix two separate things, and it will take two separate sets of parts to accomplish that. The control arms will help with wheel hop and could help with control. The Watts link will certainly help with control, but will do little to nothing for helping the wheel hop.
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A watts link is definitely a nice piece of hardware. But they're kind of pricy and, IMO, should be towards the end of your suspension "to-do list."
Control arms are cheap and almost always cure wheel hop. I think better shocks and struts are a better investment than a watts link if everything is still stock.
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A watts link is definitely a nice piece of hardware. But they're kind of pricy and, IMO, should be towards the end of your suspension "to-do list."
Control arms are cheap and almost always cure wheel hop. I think better shocks and struts are a better investment than a watts link if everything is still stock.
Thanks to noldevin and Voltwing for the good advice. More to think about for sure.

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