Monday, January 05, 2009 - 04:11 pm, by: Cihan Aday(Cihan)
Grant, Hope things are well
My personal experience with adjustable shocks;
Find a nice small speed bump to test settings.
Aim for a clean rebound which is where the shocks will perform best in comparison to the spring weight.
Too high a setting will make the car unstable and uncomfortable over uneasy surfaces. Also multiplies traction issues over uneven surfaces and wears the shock quicker.
Too low a setting will let the springs oscillate and bottom out too easily. Makes for a bouncy ride.
Don't drop the ride height too far, just causes problems with travel.
An easy test; when the shock is matched you will hear but barely feel going over lane divider / reflectors for example. With a stiff shock you'll know all about it.
I haven't personally tried the HA's in my own car, but they're very common and im sure someone willing to part with some tips has tried them on the track. I've driven a number of soarer's with coilovers and they've almost always been much too stiff for a street car. HA's are generally quite nicely matched if im not mistaken.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 07:18 am, by: Grant Rowan(Booster13psi)
I have them set at the lowest dampening setting all round at the moment. It’s a quite soft ride, I was surprised. I thought it would be a lot harder with the Tein’s even on the lowest dampening settings. I did however have lowered springs on my Tems and they were fairly hard. What I am looking for is some base dampening adjustment for compensating understeer. The old Soarer is quite nose heavy and on the track she just wants to keep going straight.