Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
In 2001, I put 600# 1" drop springs on my car, along with a 1" swaybar and some KYB gas-a-just shocks along with the Shelby drop, all at once.
Before, my car drove almost exactly like a powerboat. It leaned far over as it rolled into corners when I pushed things, tires howling as the outer front pitched over onto its sidewall. Long after the car had made the corner, I was still there cranking the wheel, straightening things out. The soft, cushy ride wasn't bad, but the angle of the car in corners left a lot to be desired. It wallowed around like an old sow, if you tried to slalom, and because there was so much weight transfer from side to side, it took forever to finish rocking as you transitioned from one direction to the other.
After the changes, my car's ride was still quite comfortable out on the road or in town. The difference in cornering was nothing short of miraculous. My car doesn't lean appreciably, steering is tighter, and all the marshmallowy wallowing is just gone. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, if I had to choose between the two. No regrets whatsoever, and in every way, it was a vast improvement.
It may be that at the limits of traction, things can happen quickly with the stiffer swaybar. But having daily driven the car for years, in ice, snow, and rain, I never ran into any handling issues that seemed out of place or unpredictable. In fact, I once drove to work 15 miles on solid black ice, when my neighbor's 'new' Camaro literally couldn't even get out of its own parking spot. I did have a wild spinout in rain once doing 75 mph down the freeway, due to a passenger rear tire blowout right after I got the car. But that was BEFORE the changes. I have to say, I think I could've saved things and avoided that heart-racing event with the upgraded front end parts. Thankfully the only damage was minor denting of the rear quarter from the tread hammering my undercarriage.
"No matter what you are, be the best one you can." -Abraham Lincoln
Last edited by Grimbrand; 10-08-2019 at 04:30 AM.