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Old 06-03-10, 05:56 PM
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Ok, so not comparing brands I am wondering a couple questions:

What are the different requirements for drift vs. track suspension setups?
From what i understand drift requires more compression damping and stiffer rear rates, is that correct? Road race style setups are more balanced to the factory spring rates (but stiffer of course)?

-- I am shopping for coilovers for my weekend/track FC, and looking and the function of different setups. Yes, i have track experience, but come from the german car world where all the drift setups are not marketed.

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ummm, i'm not huge into drifting but i've looked at a couple set ups. typically road race guys will run the stiffest spring they can, bumpy coarse means a softer spring. we use the weakest sway bars we can until the car will not return to center before the next corner. tight corners means stiffer sway bars. sway bars must be in relation to each other to prevent oversteer/understeer.

drift guys will run stiffest springs they can get. period. i've even heard of some guys replacing the springs with solid tubing. but no evidence to back this up. they will also run the stiffest sway bars they can get. period. all to keep the car as flat as possible in any condition.

however if you want to drift in tandem and must keep up with the car a head of you. you'll want to keep the road racer suspension set up. but this is much harder to learn on.

road racy setup = most traction possible
drift setup = lets the car slide and be predictable.
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