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I want my Vert to feel more solid
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04-21-2011, 09:39 PM #1
I want my Vert to feel more solid
Alright, so, when I installed my SFCs, I noticed a significant difference in the feel of the car. Now, I want to amplify that effect as much as possible.
In this particular situation, I'm not looking for "better handling" or a "stiffer ride." I want the car to feel more solid... kinda like the whole car is just one solid piece.
I've been considering a strut tower brace and a DSL with tunnel brace (though some say those don't do anything for the feel of the car). Also, most DSLs that I've been able to find are only compatible with specific exhaust set ups... which is a bit of a bummer.
Anyway, what mods are most worth while to give the car a nice, solid feel? Here's what I have already:
• Adjustable Koni shocks – front (tuned by Sam Strano)
• Heavy-duty Bilstein shocks – rear (also from Sam Strano)
• Adjustable lower control arms – alloy billet
• 17" alloy wheels – 8.5” front and 9.5” rear
• Michlilen Pilot Sport A/S Plus – 255-45-17 front and 275-40-17 rear
• Magnaflow stainless steel cat-back exhaust with custom tips
• SLP air lid with K&N filter
• Skip shift eliminator
• NGK plugs
• UMI chrome moly SFCs
04-22-2011, 04:55 AM #2
poly bushings all the way around. You have to understand though that making everything stiff and solid is going to effect the ride quality quite a bit. Bumps will be your enemy and vibrations will be your norm.
04-22-2011, 04:59 AM #3
An aftermarket adjustable pan hard bar would help, and is pretty cheap. From what I've gathered on here, STB's are a waste of coin and really don't do anything.
04-22-2011, 07:23 AM #4
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- 2001 WS6 M6
With this said, I'm not sure what your goal is.
I guess, with out having too much vibration/stiffness transferred, I would go with DSL tunnel brace, but not the relocation one. UMI makes 2 different ones, that should be able to fit any exhaust. Possibly the panhard bar next, then front and rear sway bars. If you want to go with STB, it can't hurt, but I wouldn't expect a huge a difference.
And I vote for UMI products.
04-22-2011, 09:12 AM #5
May I also suggest, a good quality summer tire..
This will give a more responsive feel in cornering and braking as well...
I run auto-x race tires (not really for wet use).. Very sticky but will only last the summer..
Especially if you burn them off alot, or consistantly corner hard..
Just my .02
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04-22-2011, 04:22 PM #6
04-22-2011, 04:32 PM #7
04-22-2011, 05:12 PM #8
Not to mention sometimes poly stuff will make noises too..
Bottom line here though is, there is only so much you can do with a live axle anyways..
A solid axle is always going to be a sacrafice...
04-22-2011, 05:21 PM #9
So you're saying that a live axle amplifies the effects of body flex and roll?
04-22-2011, 05:25 PM #10
04-22-2011, 05:42 PM #11
I added a Lakewood DSL because my exhaust hit the cheap stamped stock one. I seemed to notice a slight difference. Maybe only a mindset. I can't comment on the STB as I did mine with the SFC as well. New poly bushings on sway bars and end links seemed t ohelp though.2000 WS6 A4,Pacesetter LT,TSP catted Y, Magnaflow Catback, LS6 intake,Diablosport, Strano springs, Koni 4/3, UMI Adj Panhard, UMI LCA, Poly Motor and Tran mounts, Circle D 3B 3500 stall, Tuned by Frost
04-22-2011, 07:33 PM #12
04-22-2011, 09:08 PM #13
04-22-2011, 10:11 PM #14
Worked for Robinson Plumbing Inc..
Loved it out there, beutiful but way too wet for me..
After earning my residential license I headed back to Pittsburgh..
I run Kumho Victoracer v700 (shaveable) racing tires 265/45/16's on all corners, and Moog HD end links...
The artical on them stated that they could be used in wet wheather..
However with only 6/32 tread depth new I did'nt want to find out..
04-23-2011, 09:23 AM #15
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