OK, I retract my earlier statement. The "adjustable" sway bars I was
talking about are the ones where the links on each end are variable in
length. By using different holes drilled in the bar you *would* be
changing the effective bar spring rate, albeit in very course and
Here's a free tip. If you want to stop a conversation, quit answering
the replies. ;-)
PS - Good luck with your suspension tuning. Seriously, I hope you can
get the results you seek.
Ah, yes. I did Skippy's three day race driving school at Lime Rock 7
or 8 years ago. I forget the instructors' names now but I could look
them up if I had to. A couple of them were mentally unstable, one in
particular was very proud that he'd more than once been pulled over by
multiple police cars after chases on the road, and in particular the
last time it happened, the cops approached his car crouching, and with
guns drawn. He was an older guy, perhaps you know him?
Yes, I'm sure. I also know racers who know him, I just haven't
bothered dragging his name back up. Plus, there's no need to
embarrass him. There's nothing to prove here.
Lime Rock is a great little track though. Just the right combination
of skill and speed, including uphill and downhill curves, enough to be
very demanding. I've had a couple of monster spins there, including
one in my Caterhan Seven that went into the dirt and had two wheels in
the air. Both of them on the same side of the vehicle. Clean
I did not find the left particularly tricky; it's pretty flat and
smooth, or used to be. Big Bend with double apex and its bumps at the
first apex was moderately tricky. But since it was very like how the
exit from the Taconic State Parkway to Route 84 west used to be (right
down to the bumps at the first apex!) and I drove that exit daily at the
time, it wasn't too tough.
The right hander that turns uphill partway through at the end of the
short straight, though, I found very tricky. It's just Not Right to
turn in that late as you look at the armco come up directly at you in
the windshield at that speed. Unnatural, I say! ;-)
The tricky part is the turn in to it and the line through it. It
ain't natural, it's a compromise caused by the right turn you just
came out of and the speed you are carrying. But it's OK when you're
used to it.
You're talking about my favorite turn on that track. If you don't get
a little airborne at the crest of the hill, you didn't take that
corner as fast as you should have.
Cars *without* windshields are much more fun on the track:-)
This probably has not occurred to you but why would Dinan be
offering/selling them if multiple trips back to Dinan would be required to
adjust them or require the owner to do self adjustments? Oooops!!!!! Just
a shot here but I bet they know where the best initial adjustments need to
Judas Priest!!!! Repeat after me: "I KNOW they all understeer."
Now for the last time let's say this together "it's a matter of degree!"
The difference between the balance of my Mini S and my Z4 allows me to
corner better in the Mini.
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