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04-08-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,104
Posted By thomsbrain

I think there's something to be said for keeping...

I think there's something to be said for keeping your street car looking less racy but still playing with aero under the car for fun. I had planned to do nothing but underbody but got side-tracked by...
03-25-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,817
Posted By thomsbrain

Assuming equal tire contact patches, spring rates...

Assuming equal tire contact patches, spring rates and no bumpstop contact, stiffer sways will reduce grip, because they increase weight transfer and reduce suspension independence. In particular for...
02-21-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,662
Posted By thomsbrain

I've used 949 extended open aluminum lugs with my...

I've used 949 extended open aluminum lugs with my impact tools on ARP extended studs. They are about 5 years old. I may replace them soon as preventive maintenance but I haven't had any issues yet.
02-08-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,098
Posted By thomsbrain

The OZ setup is perfectly fine for a street car...

The OZ setup is perfectly fine for a street car where you aren't chasing maximum grip, so you don't need 9"+ non-staggered wheels. Good looking and light wheels.
01-22-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By thomsbrain

You probably do have too much front roll rate...

You probably do have too much front roll rate compared to rear since you have both a colossal front bar and stiffer front springs, and no front downforce. As others mentioned, focus on balancing the...
10-25-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,321
Posted By thomsbrain

If it will never see snow and very little rain,...

If it will never see snow and very little rain, I'd go for a max performance summer. I'd rather enjoy the performance for the 90% of the year when the temps are warm enough and drive gently the other...
10-15-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By thomsbrain

Not sure if this is what you are experiencing,...

Not sure if this is what you are experiencing, but I've had cold R-comps do a weird thing at the edge of adhesion where it feels like they sort of release and catch repeatedly at a high frequency and...
10-09-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,451
Posted By thomsbrain

17x9 +60 will still rub or catch the fenders with...

17x9 +60 will still rub or catch the fenders with a 255 if you are driving hard enough and are lowered at all. Should be fine for moderate street driving, though. What destroys the fenders is...
08-29-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 701
Posted By thomsbrain

Price is actually a really good deal for mileage...

Price is actually a really good deal for mileage and condition!
08-21-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,101
Posted By thomsbrain

Each wheel model's specific spoke design is very...

Each wheel model's specific spoke design is very important for whether a given caliper will fit, not just the offset. Unfortunately, the C3 has very little room for brake upgrades. I have them and...
06-13-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,197
Posted By thomsbrain

You can run tires backwards if it isn't going to...

You can run tires backwards if it isn't going to rain. It makes zero performance difference in the dry. So you can move the more-worn tires over to the side of the car that will see less cornering...
05-24-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,459
Posted By thomsbrain

To me that looks like you have understeer. Your...

To me that looks like you have understeer. Your car won't rotate, so you dial in extra steering and keep slowing the car down past the apex to try to compensate, trying to get the car to turn. Then...
05-18-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By thomsbrain

I drive to the track so I have some limitations....

I drive to the track so I have some limitations. 5" extension on mine. I used aluminum flashing to make the air dam to cover the gap between bumper and splitter.

4" height
10K front springs
3000...
03-30-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,012
Posted By thomsbrain

Miata cut bumper vs. diffuser CFD analysis....

Miata cut bumper vs. diffuser CFD analysis. Assuming an otherwise flat floor, cutting the bumper increases downforce and reduces drag compared to a standard car. The diffuser is far superior at...
03-07-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,075
Posted By thomsbrain

A buddy tried a set on a large car with Brembos....

A buddy tried a set on a large car with Brembos. He said they worked well for his pace on track, which isn't 10/10ths. He wasn't getting fade, but he also isn't a crazy late braker or chasing every...
03-01-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,811
Posted By thomsbrain

Do you mean balance in terms of roll rate, or...

Do you mean balance in terms of roll rate, or balance in terms of ride frequency? A car with a rear bar and matched springs front/rear or even slightly stiffer front springs could have similar roll...
02-28-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,811
Posted By thomsbrain

Don't assume that the cars are "oversteery"...

Don't assume that the cars are "oversteery" simply because they have stiffer rear springs than fronts. Springs are just one part of the tuning package.

They set up with the rear springs stiffer...
02-20-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,682
Posted By thomsbrain

Wow, you guys were running those pretty low. I...

Wow, you guys were running those pretty low. I was running them at about 38 psi hot and felt feedback was pretty decent. Not sure why you would want to go lower unless your tires were super pinched...
12-14-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,682
Posted By thomsbrain

I got mine cheap, too. I'm considering ordering...

I got mine cheap, too. I'm considering ordering another set just to make sure I get some more before they disappear.

Camber was -2.6 front, -2.6 rear (my front is limited due to a bent knuckle,...
11-06-2017, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,055
Posted By thomsbrain

Entirely dependent on the amount of travel your...

Entirely dependent on the amount of travel your shock has and where you want the static loaded shock position to be in that range. The more travel the shock has, the more likely it is that a helper...
10-23-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,491
Posted By thomsbrain

You need to determine if you have...

You need to determine if you have shock-travel-limited wheel lift or you have lift induced by the sway bar. Disconnect the rear bar and see if you still lift the wheel. If you're out of shock travel,...
09-26-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,391
Posted By thomsbrain

I prefer the v2 look but that's just me. :) On an...

I prefer the v2 look but that's just me. :) On an AP2, the 215/255 combo is understeer city, but I suppose it might feel beneficial on an AP1.
04-27-2017, 01:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,019
Posted By thomsbrain

I got mine from a sign shop. They'd never had a...

I got mine from a sign shop. They'd never had a request for blank sheets but they were able to order and deliver some for me. I think I paid about $150 per sheet delivered. I used one sheet for this...
04-10-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,209
Posted By thomsbrain

No experience with the Ballade kit, but the...

No experience with the Ballade kit, but the Blacktrax/Kingpin setup rides better than stock bushings for most kinds of suspension motion. Only exception is when you hit reflector dots on the highway,...
03-27-2017, 11:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,205
Posted By thomsbrain

As with nearly all the recent front-page content,...

As with nearly all the recent front-page content, this was clearly written by someone who had no idea what they were talking about and lack a basic understanding of our cars. Pretty ironic...
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