Any of you guys seen front coilovers for our VM's with BOTH ride height adjustment AND spring preload?
In the import tuner world they've been doing this for upwards of a decade or more, why haven't I seen this in our world? Here's an example that is worth more than a 1000 of my words:
With the garden variety CO setups I've seen from Global West, Total Control Products, Street or Track, to name a few, you adjust 'ride height', by threading down the lower spring perch lock rings, which in actuality, does two things:
1. reduces suspension travel
2. reduces spring preload
Spring preload is important in suspension tuning, and I'm pulling here from my MX race background more so than my car track experience - I'm a relative newbie. So if you're running a firm track spring, and say you want the car lower, you might end up threading down your spring collar so low that the spring falls free from the top, right? Plus, you've now put your shock into the last portion of upward travel, however, you have a huge amount of downward travel.
With a coilover setup on the LCA of our cars, we have ample room to play with a design like this, right? I mean, why not? You could set your ride height without compromising travel, and run lighter preload on the street, and tighten preload for track days.
Brake dive and acceleration lift can be better controlled this way too, right?
Although I'd love to be able to buy a full 'suspension in a box', it's not going to happen anytime soon. Even if I did have the money, I'd still be inclined to choose the 'best of breed' approach and mod that too, to take advantage of a simple design like Skunk2's.
Originally Posted by stephen_wilson
I agree with that, as they say; an imperfect design tuned to perfection will beat the perfect design that hasn't been tuned properly. (or some similar phrase)
You hit the nail on the head @stephen_wilson, and due to cost, this is likely the route I'll choose, and tweak and dial it in to my heart's content.
I'd love to hear any experiences or feedback on this concept. Any thoughts @shaun @tci engineering @blkfrd @opentracker @gt289 @mustangstofear Lmk if I'm missing something...