Mike Beversluis

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nuts and bolts

I've really enjoyed Dan Edmunds's posts on car and truck suspensions.  They are the raw bits of gear head gnarliness.  Check out the new Ford SVT Raptor, which is an absolute monster - as you'll see at the end, those tires & wheels weigh in at nearly a hundred pounds each. Yikes.  If citified driving is more your style, take a look at the BMW M3Nissan GT-RDodge Challenger R/T (with Nivomats!), Ford Focus SES, or the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

I've also picked up a copy of Allan Staniforth's Competition Car Suspension, and soon I'll be able to spot an improperly adjusted coil-over damper at fifty paces.  This is partly motivated by curiosity and partly because I'd like to upgrade the springs and dampers on my own car, which lists sharply to the leeward in a curve and understears like there's no tommorrow, and not achieve the usual perversion of spending a lot of money to look-fast-but-drive-worse-and-slower aftermarket dumbness.

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