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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:51 pm

Yea on the inverted ones eh? It's fine on the standard BR coilovers with the adjuster on top.
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby eddie_gt4 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:06 am

so you have 17" OZ for summer? :D
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:38 am

Right :). They are my only set of wheels now. I got them from the uk and they replaced my 16" OZs.
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby underscore » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:00 pm

Ah I didn't realize you went with the ones that are the right way up, it's a much better idea.
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:39 am

Just got back from a week long, 5400 Km road trip from Quebec, to Halifax/PEI, then down to DC via Boston and New York before driving back up to Quebec.

Car now has 176600 km on it, still running great. The new suspension and rear 205 brakes held up really well.

One thing I would change on the suspension after having driven in the car for basically 60 hours straight is an even weaker spring rate than the 6kg/mm I've got now.

While the 6kg/mm provides a very well performing car in the turns, even with my ridiculously high ride height, it is quite stiff on back roads and shitty highways.

In the future, if I choose to upgrade to the SWIFT springs, I'll request 5kg/mm and maybe have the front dampers re-valved to accommodate the lower spring rate.

I've also noticed that the suspension travel is far less than stock, and this is very apparently when traveling over a sharp bump in the road - you can feel the wheels almost lose contact with the road surface.

Does anyone know if its possible to increase the suspension travel? Is this a function of spring length, or is it a limit of the dampers?

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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby underscore » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:11 am

The travel should be able the same, but the stiffer damper may be preventing it from compressing fully.
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:14 am

Extension is definitely shorter than stock, which is what I'm more concerned about since it means there is less compliance with uneven roads. When jacking up the car via the pinch rail, it now lifts both front and rear wheels off the ground!!
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby underscore » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:22 am

Just a heads up, frsport.com currently has their Black Friday sale going on and with the promo code CYBER the Swift springs are 20% off. With shipping it works out to $402 Canadian (shipped) for 4 springs, plus whatever Canadian taxes. I've been looking into softening mine up as well, I haven't got the cash for new springs right now so hopefully a similar deal pops up Boxing Week.

I made a post in my build thread about this, but since you're running 6kg all around you may want to try swapping out just the rear springs for softer ones at first since the rear springs are longer than the fronts so things may be out of balance (if my logic is right).
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:09 am

That's a great deal. Thanks for the heads up. :)

Car's been put away for the winter, probably won't have time to work on it until next summer now.
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Sun May 27, 2018 12:34 am

Took the car out for road trip last weekend. Still running great, but It's developed a transmission rear output shaft oil seal leak I'll need to take care of soon. Think I caused it when I slid the propshaft into the tranny after replacing the rear diff cushion - there was probably some surface rust on there that ripped the seal up.

Front left wheel bearing is also completely shot. Lots of play :( So will be replacing both front bearings again sooner than later also.

Fuel consumption on the drive was really good also. About 8L/100 km doing 120-130.

Definitely not very happy with the 6kg/mm spring rate but I can live with it. On some roads it develops a rhythmic harmonic bounce that just wont stop till the road surface changes. Not sure if thats a result of the dampning, or spring rate choice, or both. Im guessing the back is under damped and the front is over damped because I went with a stiffer spring in the back, and weaker in the front without having the shocks retuned. I've turned both damping knobs down to full soft front and rear.

Any suspension experts have any suggestions?
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby aus jd 2703 » Mon May 28, 2018 1:17 am

how much play is alot in your opinion? video by chance?
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Mon May 28, 2018 1:24 am

I'll snap a video next time its off the ground.

Its extremely noticeable when doing the standard test of grabbing the wheel top and bottom and trying to rotate it vertically. Audible clack noise and it moves at least 1mm either direction. Can almost make it move when the car is on the ground!

Very different than a mushy sorta flex with no noise you might get from trying this test on a good bearing. This one is so toast, the camber actually changes visibly (again by 1mm ish) and its very easy to move it.
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Re: 1026 GT-Four Normal Body

Postby Corey » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:36 pm

Just went back and repaired all the broken image links.

I've got new bushings, balljoints and wheel bearings on order for the front wheels. I've noticed a bit of surface rust forming near the bottom inner lip of both front fenders. So when I do the wheel bearings I'm going to remove the fenders for the 1st time, inspect and repair any rust and repaint the inside to prevent it in the future.
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