Hellaflush and handling?
I know this may be a bad first question, being alot of people i see hellaflush are about form > function, but hey.
I have a 350z, and i was considering going with the hellaflush style, but i dont want to give up the go-kart like feel of the car. Is there anyway i can go hellaflush, and have similar or exact same go-kart feel?
Originally Posted by Lil Dre
Owner & Founder
Hmm, if you go with quality coilovers, stiffer spring rate, and you get your fenders done properly (roll, pull) you should be good.
Ok cool, guess i can start my build now
Originally Posted by Elvis
If you go to low you mess up your roll center, so if you do not correct this issue you will affect your roll center. There is more to lowering your car than coils, once you lower your car you will need stuff like camber & toe arms, tension rods, & camber plates. I know I just took a big issue like suspension travel parts and put it in a quick 3 sentence paragraph, hahaha-chad240sx
Go cart like handling? Its a 350z not a mini. Anyways handling will be affected big time if your trying to get hellaflush. Form>Function
"Go-cart like handling" - I know what you mean (I think), like you can feel all four tires on the road and it grips, reacts and handles in a predictable manner?
Okay, so in my own opinion, basically its like this:
stretched tire = less to no sidewall flex; more predictable, but lose the little bit of extra grip that the "side wall give" usually provides. So grip is more dependent on suspension and tire compound. With RWD and stretched tires on the back (with skinny tires and hard compound tires) it will handle more like a "drift car" in the rain, but its fun... try to trust me on this :]. I'm sure with a "stickier" compound and a larger contact patch would greatly increase grip; especially with an all season tire.
lower= lower center of gravity, which is good, but now all of the suspension geometry is out of wack (for example lowering may give the car increased toe in or out and an increase in negative camber is inevitable); the good thing is it can be fixed like chad240sx said. If its "lip-to-lip-low", suspension travel and dampening will be effected. The dampning will have to be increased (stiffened) a bit to lessen suspension travel, due to the little allowed room for suspension travel before the wheel lip attacks the fender lip. Also, as always, an alignment after the drop will make a huge improvement in how the car handles.
rolled/pulled fenders = this is a good thing because it helps prevent rubbing which can damage the wheel or worse the sidewall; race prepped track cars do this to stock bodies anyways.
...my 2 cents :]
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^^^^ cleantune has the right idea.