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: Newbie Question: Cost Effective, ride enhancing mods?


Asia Skyly
9th September 2004, 02:07 PM
I am using a KN Filter and a Dawes device on my 1996 900 SET. I love the ride as it is right now. I just replaced the clutch, so I upgraded to the hydraulic clutch while in the middle of that mess. I am thinking about some additional upgrades. Here is some additional information about the car.
1. This is my daily driver. About 110 miles per day.
2. I want to start with the cheaper, easier DIY mods.
3. End with the complex, expensive, have someone else install them, mods.

In Summary, The Mods criteria are: 1.Easy to Install 2. Drastic improvement to the quality of ride. 3. Cost.

Start with:

1. Rear Sway bar: Improved Handling for cheap, easy install, instant upgrade to the quality of the ride. Cost: $100.00

2. ????

Thanks in advance!

SPATL
9th September 2004, 02:28 PM
2. Rack Brace
3. Subframe Brace

mike saunders
9th September 2004, 02:49 PM
maybe add the 6 pt. subframe brace. (Easy install on a lift, slightly more difficult with jackstands.)

then, in increasing order of difficulty:

poly bushings
new lowering springs and shocks (Koni & H-R or B-G)

Asia Skyly
9th September 2004, 03:03 PM
After those upgrades, can I go to stage 3? Does that come with the Sport exhaust?

bkrell
9th September 2004, 03:32 PM
You mean can your car handle the power suspension-wise???

Asia Skyly
9th September 2004, 03:40 PM
Yes. My plan is to run this car to the ground, but while at it, have a little fun and add some more power. Since it is my daily driver, I will start with suspension upgrades and THEN move to power upgrades. I think suspension upgrades will have the greatest impact on the quality of my ride. power is nice, but since I am driving so much and so often on stop and go traffic, who needs 300hps to move 1 foot? :) I do want the power upgrades as well of course, specially those that increase acceleration. However I want to do so with the criterias established above.

Ease of DIY is the number one concern. I know performance upgrades will probably require a third party for installation.

bkrell
9th September 2004, 03:47 PM
Yeah, new springs will run you at least $200 or so. But they will be the most effective suspension mod. You'll need good shocks and struts to go with it.

For the price, though, the new rear bar mod really makes the car corner much flatter. I have the double-stack of 2 stock bars and there's a big diff.

The clamp/brace for the steering should be a must for stage 3, too.

That and good tires and I would imagine you'd do fine.

mike saunders
9th September 2004, 07:06 PM
You're definitely going about it the right way!....

SPATL
9th September 2004, 11:08 PM
maybe add the 6 pt. subframe brace.

You know, looking at that brace, I have one looming question...how does a brace like that effect the cars ability to correctly crumple in an accident or what would the ill effects of a brace like that have in an accident? I don't know the answer but it does concern me.

ricot83
10th September 2004, 03:06 AM
from the looks of it, and if it is similar to the mp brace as far as bolts go, the impact if hard enough should snap the bolts right off and if anything i think the brace may actually make the crumple zone a bit stiffer.

SPATL
10th September 2004, 02:24 PM
the brace may actually make the crumple zone a bit stiffer.

That is exactly my question. How will it affect the cars design to crumple correctly on impact? It might not have ill effects, but a brace that large makes me wonder. What are the implications of the use of this? Obviously there is no known data on the subject but doesn't it make anyone else wonder?

bkrell
10th September 2004, 05:53 PM
Well would the subframe really be part of the plan to crumple anyway? It's pretty stiff anyway compared to the rest of the car and the engine and tranny are mounted on it. Is it possible that only the body-parts are designed to crumple? You wouldn't want the engine pushed thru the dash???