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Old 11-29-2001, 14:32   #1 (permalink)
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sway bars on AUII XR8 ute

Hi,

I don't know what is going on but the handling on my AUII XR8 seems to be a bit off.

I am thinking of putting a front and rear sway bar to decrease what I feel is excessive body roll.

Is this going to be a good modification?

Am I being a spoilt bastard?
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Re: sway bars on AUII XR8 ute

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Hi,

I don't know what is going on but the handling on my AUII XR8 seems to be a bit off.

I am thinking of putting a front and rear sway bar to decrease what I feel is excessive body roll.

Is this going to be a good modification?

Am I being a spoilt bastard?
Well, I've driven an AU2 XR8 Ute and they go good. Nothing like the IRS sedan over rough stuff, but very good all the same.

Before you spend money on hardware, I always suggest a check of wheel alignment with a trustworthy and committed alignment specialist. You'd be surprised, very surprised!
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Hmm,

Good idea I hadn't thought of that, I got a quote from whiteline for front and rear sway bars fitted and was about $400 whihc I guess isnt too bad considering it is hardware for a car.

Anyone know of any good wheel alignment places in Sydney as its probably not a bad idea even though I have only done 9000km's since new.
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Anyone know of any good wheel alignment places in Sydney as its probably not a bad idea even though I have only done 9000km's since new.
Oh, only 9000kms hey? Well, if I told you the readings on my car from the day I got it you'd wanna chuck your guts up.

I use EastCoast Suspensions at Kirrawee. He charges a bit extra but I know he does it right. The person to talk to is Dave Falson. You should only need front end so around $50.

Another good place I have used before is Heasmans at Sydenham on the Princes Hwy.
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I hope I'm not insulting you here TheBow but have you checked tire pressures. The simple things make a heap of difference. This and the alignment make a world of difference, agree with Pete there.
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Not at all, I check the tyres every week so that is not the issue but its due for its weekly check this week so I'll see.

I think the problem is that when you get something new and use it then it becomes normal for you.

After a while your expectations rise and you start to think its getting crappy when in fact nothing has changed at all.
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Tyre pressures! Aahh yes. I use 34 front and 31-32 rear (helps that little bit of oversteer I like mid corner).
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Tyre pressures! Aahh yes. I use 34 front and 31-32 rear (helps that little bit of oversteer I like mid corner).
Pete,

I've recently tried the softer rear end pressure to front, and must say it's better, gives the ass end grip especially in the wet.

I had my tyres on close to 36 front and 36 back a while back and in the wet accelerating in 4th gear up hill round a corner back came out.
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Whats the recommended tyre pressure for a set 235/45 17" tyres?
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Whats the recommended tyre pressure for a set 235/45 17" tyres?
It will be on the tyre placard on the car. I think it's 28 or 30 psi. Higher pressures are listed for high speed or heavy loads.

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Your car will be even more sensitive to rear tyre pressures due to the traction thing with leaf springs. Softer pressure gives better traction in a straight line but reduces the cornering stability as the edge of the tread gets loaded up.

I find it interesting so many people judge a tyre by its tread pattern. It's what is hidden that matters (the construction).
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