Don't know how stable the roads are over in oz (have sampled some in NSW and QLD and are okay) but in NZ there are MANY tight corners and unstable surfaces. We all know our GTGTP suspensions have been tuned for optimum performance and are the ultimate, as reported on the Ford website. The previous FTE cars (esp TS/TL series) were fine tuned with Koni shocks and handled very well. I previously had a Herrod Motorsport Enhanced AUIII XR8 whichhad Herrod springs and Herrod revalved Koni shocks - they got standard Koni shocks and revalved them to specifically match the weight and characteristics of the AU XR8s and then marketed them, after working out track handling and weaknesses of rebound rates etc (so I was told before I bought them)
Anyway, at 'highway speeds' the Gt/GTP product is not as stable as the Herrod AU XR range. In fact, it can be down right dangerous. If you were say in NT and flat out, and hit a bumpy spot, you would be off the road in no time.
Who has suggestions for improvement?
Springs - cannot be lower, as GT is lower in bar/bumper then a Herrod lowered XR8, so will not go up curbs/fit into garage. Is there another product of same height which has a better spring rate? Original springs 'wallow' more than the Herrod product, but can't use these, as will not fit in garage, which has step incline.
Shocks - I have been told Koni was dropped for superior product called 'Delphi' but to me Delphi has poorer performance than Koni. I do miss the Herrod setup in my AUIII - in fact, I think my Herrod setup provided better feedback and response than what I have now. Has anyone changed back to Koni. Are the 'revalved Herrod' konis better than the standard ones?
Springs - does anyone make a spring which has a higher rate than the original? Note here that lowering is not really an option, otherwise i will rip out my front bar.
Sway bars - we all know this is a contentious issue, as toomuch of a swaybar (esp on the rear) brings premature oversteer, esp at high cornering speeds, resulting in a lotta fun for some, a surprise for those not expecting it. Also I have added aftermarket swaybars and foundsever 'creaking/ripping' noises in the A pillar/ firewall area within 30,000km in previous model fords. Who has fitted after market swaybars? And whats the result?
For a car of this pricing, the suspension is a bit lacking. (eg the Clubsport R8 offers Ohlins shocks, which are Koni equivalents, and are adjustable). Who has changed their suspensionfor the better, and how did they achieve it?