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Finally got around to getting the suspension project completed. Taking a queue from AAIIIC (aka Pat) I went ahead and finished up the mods that were similar to his project. KW 3s with MAP trailing arms and Spectre Werkes bushings, Team Dynamics with R comps. As a bonus I put in the overkill BMR toes rods which fit so poorly that I had to machine some spacers to fill in the gaps. Also I had the car corner weighed. I'll post up some pics in a day or so. Here are some of the specs.

I was disappointed that I didn't make more progress in reducing the weight of the car with all the mods I have. The Exedy, headers, and 2 piece rotors barely put a dent in the curb weight. With stock wheels and Yokos the car curb weight was 3818 (5/8 tank of gas). With me in it 4033lbs. Ouch! The corner weigh specs came out the following

Left Front 1100 lbs. 27.3% Right Front 1098 lbs 27.2%.

Left Rear 927 lbs. 23.0% Right Rear 910 lbs. 22.6%

Front camber was adjusted to -1.8 Left Front and -1.9 Right Front (with me in the car) -1/32 toe each

Rear camber was adjusted to -2.3 Left Rear and -2.5 Right Rear (with me in the car) +1/16 toe each

Can't say I've driven it enough yet to really comment on the results but my short initial impression is pretty favorable. Great turn in and a planted feel in the stern.

All that sh*t back there is noisy. Not terrible, but noticeable. If I could give someone advice I would say don't do these mods for a street car only.

I installed my Exedy in October and drove it about 20 miles before I stored the car for winter. The MAP sensor busted off and the car was running terrible so I never got a good feel for the new clutch. I fixed the sensor and now I can really appreciate the Exedy twin.

I'll try to get some ride height pics posted. My Conti GAC R comps are being mounted on the TD wheels as of this post. I'll throw in some pics of those on the car as well.

Thanks to AAIIIC for providing good info on this set up.
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Oooohhhh, look at you with your yellow lettering on your tires. :p

Looks like your TDs came with the center caps, eh? A couple other guys have mentioned getting center caps, but that's the first time I've seen pics of them. Mine didn't come with any, which is fine since I'd take them off at the track anyway, but if the TDs had been offered with center caps from the start I would've bought them as street wheels long ago (and wouldn't have gone through the effort to get the Rota wheels made).

Have you had a chance to drive the car around some more? What are your impressions of the ride quality on the street? When are you driving to TX so that Jerry Cecco can get a ride in your car? :D
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