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#221 ww2winger

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 08:31 AM

Just out of curiosity, Heavy 85, what wheels and tires are you running?  Size, offset, etc.  I still run with 7 inch rims and run 225/45/15 tires.  I'm sure to go to the next level, I would have to flare fenders and go with much wider stance and tires.  Any info would be appreciated.



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 11:56 PM

I'm having difficulty getting Illuminas, seems like they're back ordered till July/August. My car is going to be more street driven than track and I was looking at running 200/225 springs. It seems that this is too low for everything but the Illuminas?

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 05:11 AM

I'm having difficulty getting Illuminas, seems like they're back ordered till July/August. My car is going to be more street driven than track and I was looking at running 200/225 springs. It seems that this is too low for everything but the Illuminas?

 

I didn't read any prior posts to your latest, so you may have said what you use your car for previously... street, autocross, track, etc.  I thought I'd chime in here and say that I initially went with 200/225 and the short Illuminas.  However, I found that I was bottoming out on the bump stops in the front too frequently.  Lowering the car a lot can take travel out of the suspension.  Even with struts modified to fit short inserts, bottoming out can still be a problem.  The initial spring rate recommendation from Ground Control was 225-250 up front and 275 in the rear.  I had gone with 200/225 for fear of being too stiff.  But, to try to stay off the bump stops, I swapped in some 250/275.  That did as intended and seems to be a very livable setup for street driving also - it's not too stiff.



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Posted 17 May 2015 - 10:45 PM

currently having the 225/200 setup but car is currently torn apart and not driveable. before that felt to soft on the rears and to stiff on the fronts but gues that

was because of the illumina settings. once car drives will see that i can dial it in.

 

if not what would be needed to convert the whole setup to coilovers ?



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 04:18 PM

These guys have some killer options for front and rear coilovers.

These are full conversions so you lose if you already have some items, but they'll give you 100$ store credit for returning stock components.

https://technotoytun...com/nissan/260z



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 07:43 PM

Don't mean to revive this thread but I figured this is the best place to post this.  So after reading a gazillion suspension posts I'm not 100% on the setup I want to run first. It seems that what works for one person doesn't really work for others so I will take everyones opinions openly. I'm looking to achieve a tolerable street car that will really shine on big road course's in the Socal area.   I'm asking for this groups personal recommendations on which springs I should run. I have the following pairs of springs to try (all are 10"/2.5"); 250lbs, 275lbs, 300lbs, and 350lbs.  Here's my current setup:

 

1971 240z series 2, L28et with JWT 550HP kit.  225/50/16 BFG Rivals. 

Full interior, half cage, TTT front tri brace, rear strut bar, no visible rust anywhere.

 Tokiko Illuminas on sectioned struts 10"/2.5"/300lb front, 10"/2.5"/275lb rear. Z31 CLSD 3.7. 1" front bar, 15/16" rear bar both with semi-adjustable end links.

Stock front brakes with rear disc conversion.

 

Currently getting installed:

Silvia S15 R200 helical lsd with full TTT rear end conversion, TTT front and rear coilovers (with roll center adjusters-front, lowered/corrected rear control arm mounts-rear), camber plates all around, and non-adjustable Bilstien sports. 

 

Willwood 4 piston front, 240sx rear brakes.

 

Currently (old setup) the back end squats a ton when accelerating. It's a little bouncy on the street no matter the setting but considering the right rear is blown and the other dampers are on the same path, it handles really well. Hooks up quite well going straight and around the corners for 450ish rwhp. Around corners it's max grip is as good as my stock evo X on Pilot Super Sports but takes much more effort to do so, obviously. 

 

So which springs do you think I should try first?  My gut says 300f 350r, but after reading everyones posts I'm leaning toward a much softer combo. I just think the rear will still squat too much with anything less than 300 lbs.


Edited by Timecode, 3 weeks ago.


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 10:49 PM

The blown and weak dampners aren't helping the situation diddly Squat ( Pun intended ) . With new shocks and ones that aren't blown, I think you'll find the rear squat is much less. With big HP RWD cars I've always preferred a rear spring combo that is more subtle ( softer ) helps put the power down on corner exit and over bumps.

 

Rain is another concern in the PNW, something that you probably don't have to deal with in sunny California. But weather does have to be taken in consideration for setup.

 

I'm thinking 300F/275R myself..... Whatever you choose, nothing beats Test time on the Track.  



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 05:16 PM

The blown and weak dampners aren't helping the situation diddly Squat ( Pun intended ) . With new shocks and ones that aren't blown, I think you'll find the rear squat is much less. With big HP RWD cars I've always preferred a rear spring combo that is more subtle ( softer ) helps put the power down on corner exit and over bumps.

 

Rain is another concern in the PNW, something that you probably don't have to deal with in sunny California. But weather does have to be taken in consideration for setup.

 

I'm thinking 300F/275R myself..... Whatever you choose, nothing beats Test time on the Track.  

 

Wouldn't the springs effect squat more so than the damper?  I know the damper makes a difference but it's mainly there to control the springs motion.  The spring rate should decide how much it will compress. Correct?


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 09:37 PM

I didn't say that dampers affect squat MORE than springs. Both shocks and springs work together. Dampers not only control spring motion, but they also highly affect ALL Transition phases. Shocks control dynamic weight transfer rate and have a great effect on all aspects of handling. Slow Damping is especially critical for transitional phases.

 

Dampers are just one part of the tuning equation, as are springs, suspension geometry etc. . But if you have ANY weak link in the equation ( IE: weak and blown shocks ) then that throws everything out of whack. 

 

Squat is a transition phase just as Nose lift or Roll is. Dead or weak shocks will negatively affect all transition phases, including Squat, Dive and Roll. You can't get any meaningful data with dead shocks. Put the new shocks in first. Test and then decide if you need to change spring rates. 

 

There used to be an excellent article on Sim Racing for setting up Race Car simulators. The damper section was written by a Koni engineer and was taken from a Koni setup guide for real race cars.  I'll see if I can find the link. 

 

Edit: Found it. Well worth saving and printing. Enjoy:

 

http://alison.hine.net/sims/gp2-jw.htm


Edited by Chickenman, 04 February 2017 - 10:04 PM.


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 09:47 PM

Another excellent site is Dennis Grant's " Autocross To Win ". This site is constantly evolving and has a wealth of Technical information.

 

Shock page:

 

http://farnorthracin...s_secrets6.html


Edited by Chickenman, 04 February 2017 - 09:47 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:45 AM

I guess I like stiff things.
Changing out my 550 rear springs for 650 prior to this weekends upcoming race. I think the fronts are 550 or 600. Can't recall. No rear bar, can't find room for any of them. 8611s all around for now but they are taking a beating.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:14 AM

^^^^^^^^^^^   Er,..

No, went the other way after some revised mathematics and PSI finished the shock dyno.

Trying the Koni's on a lighter setting with a lighter spring and more roll-bar.

 

Racing this weekend, will see how it feels.


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