Originally Posted by GazC2
Thanks for the link Roger on the calipers however once my own ones are painted/re-sealed wont be much in it cost wise.
In regards the poly bushes my thoughts were to put new rubber on the control arm and poly on the arb which I was hoping would be a good balance
This is not going to be a racer just want nice tight front end I am also looking at these coilover kits
Gaz GHA 379 kit
Spax RSR RSX 124
Both are coming in at £550 approx. leaning towards the Spax at the moment.
Now just to throw something else in mix I managed to bag these babies at the weekend which are a set of 7 x17 ET50 which I will fit with 205/50 tyres which gives the same diameter as the 195/65 15 wont know if these are what I wont know if i like the look until I get them on the car however the bigger wheels may be a factor in the harshness of the ride although I am hoping the adjustment on the dampers should give me plenty scope to find the comfy setting.
Oh dear, it's a tricky and common scenario one this:
If you fit those heavier 17" Wheels and fit a Spax RSX kit with Poly ARB bushes
it will be very very stiff and uncomfortable compared to a total stock car.
This transition seems to be very different for one person to the next,
Some say "it's fine" other would comment it's horrendous myself included.
The GAZ shocks are well solid, you'll possibly regret buying them for road use?
I considered the Spax RSX kit but after doing some research
and getting the spring rates from them, which from memory were around
300 Lbs this is stiff for road use and even more so with my 250KG lighter car.
The wheels will give you "a cosmetic look", but that's all they will handle worst and the car will be slower and have less traction on the road and use more fuel etc..
The Poly ARB bushes may start to squeak and will be so much more rigid and less compliant than the Porsche Rubber ones, this may sound good but on the street it's not always..
If you've never done the whole stiff thing before ? Try it and you'll learn a lot and either love or hate it..
(Stiff Shock, spring, Bigger wheels, smaller tyre profile harder bushes etc..)
A lot also depends on the roads you have, here in North wales they are not race track smooth, but bumpy, lumpy and rough!
If you doing lots of track days the above set up will work very well, as long as you don;t mind the trade off for driving on the road.
Unyet you have mentioned, "this is not going to be a racer"
In which case in my opinion spanning 20+ years ownership and modifying a total of 8 transaxle cars 924's 944's 968, I'd put Bilstein or Koni Road shocks on,
brand new standard springs, and either keep the 15" or go 16" Wheels, and all Rubber bushes...
This Combo the car will be a joy to drive on the public roads, traction and cornering will be great and economy, but all three of these will suffer if you fit stiff shox and those 17" Wheels!
As I've mentioned I did all the stiff set up at 26 years young, now I'm 46 but make no bones about it my 924 2.7 Lightweight is no slouch, or does it handle poorly on rubber bushes, the road shox, soft springs, and skinny lightweight wheels & tyres 205/55/16 ..
It's quite the reverse....without question it's the best handling, reasonably comfortable, best braked, fastest transaxle I've ever driven and owned.