mark corona II wrote:
In response to your inquiry about my choices of handling vs. looks, I choose handling. I live in sonoma county, home of the crowded, but beautiful and windy mountain road. I have experience with suspension set-ups for motorcycles, but zero toyota specific experience. I should let you know that I would also like disc brakes. I recently found a 18rg(eu) capable of 140 stock horsepower. my goal is a 2000 pound car with 200 horsepower, (it's nice to have dreams). I should just swap in a more modern rear end with disc brakes? a live axle isn't the worst way to go around a corner, is it? feel free to blab about this, I am very interested in your roll center thoughts.
We should meet up some place and I'll take you for a spin in a near 200 hp sub 2000 live axle leaf sprung Datsun. I was running between 2:05 and 2:10s at Sears Point a week ago in it. I know I left a lot of time on the track as well. (It was still in street tune even.) Mt Vider road is fun, Trinity isn't bad either. Oh I have disks up front with finned aluminum drums in the rear. The car stops pretty well. Mt St Helena is an awesome playground.
On a side note, when was the last time anyone saw a correctly set up race car with a bad suspension stance? Sometimes you see Alfa's a little low in the back end, but those have the opposite ends of both extreams. The front roll center is way below ground level, and the rear end is way way too high. Even the Autodelta prepaired (Alfa's factory racing division back in the 60s) cars sat low in the back end.
A car that looks good and handles like crap is frustrating. Been there and done that. Now my Datsun doesn't look quite as good (the back end is too high in my opinion) but it handles so much better. Its your car and your $$$$ so do as you wish.