So, we thought we'd share our collective experience on suspension and handling in the hope that our five top tips will save you money, time and help you avoid some expensive mistakes we commonly see.
Choose your shocks with care - we like these Ford Capri Spax sprints. Front...
...and rear shock absorbers
2) Springs - uprate these by 25 - 50% in stiffness - no more than that - it will simply make things too hard. Also lower these by 1" - again no more than that, or you'll be whacking your exhaust on every speed bump out there.
|Ford Capri rear anti-roll bar chassis poly bushes|
4) Check all the ball joints are good and the steering rack too. Replace anything worn.
|Ford Capri bushes|
Here's what we don't like and why:
- Anti-dive kits - do not use these on lowered cars - lowering does its own anti-dive thing, and too much anti-dive can make the front skid under heavy braking. It also reduces the steering's ability to self centre.
- Roller top mounts, especially adjustable camber, caster ones. They either introduce a steering shake or a vibration, depending on make, and do very little to lighten steering.
A total waste of money on any car with power steering too!
- X-frame and A-frame axle location kits. Designed to stop leaf spring twist and thus sideways axle movement. Well, a good set of urethane bushes does this too! The axle kit clamps to your leaf spring and stops it absorbing bumps properly! It makes the back harsh, and eventually damages your springs.
- 4 links, 5 links, panhards and the like. Strictly track stuff, only work when set to extremely rigid settings. Fine on ultra smooth surfaces, anything else forget it. Rough as hell, vibrate like hell, total aggro to fit, and lose your back seat too - bargain!
- Coilovers with adjustable spring height. Nice idea, but you'll only adjust them once before they seize anyway, so you might as well just get the right height springs to start off with. Also for the front they make the strut fatter, right where the tyre goes and will cause fouling on some wheels and tyres.
- Adjustable track control arms (TCAs) and rollbars. If you stick to the 1" lowering job all the original Ford settings for camber and caster stay in spec, there's simply no need for them - unless of course you are trying to dial out the effects of another unnecessary component!
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