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Old 02-12-2002, 08:03 PM
Fimum Fit
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What a lot of people think of as "handling" is often the transitional behavior rather than the steady state cornering attitude of the car, and transitional behavior can be "tuned" with the judicious use of adjustable shock absorbers. If you set them stiffer at the rear, you make the car feel "looser" -- less understeer in transitions, more like a BMW factory setup. The trouble is, that may cause a porpoising motion on undulating roads as the rear shocks react more quickly than the fronts -- does anyone remember how the tails of Corvairs used to bounce around over humps?

And don't forget the most basic handling tuning technique of all: try adjusting your tire pressures up from the factory specs in the front a few pounds at a time, and perhaps a little lower in the rears.
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