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Old 05-16-2008, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by tsunami0ne View Post
I had a base model Fit and had the same issue. Got new wheels 15x7 +38 and tires and the problem went away. Either the stock base model tires suck or the wider track helped a lot. I'm still running stock suspension BTW.
+1 to that, I drove ratons car with rpf1 enkei 16s 43 offset and his car felt quite stable without sway. But, he and I agree that with the lower arm bar steering is more positive and car is more planted.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:56 PM
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No matter what you do it will always be a short,light weight, narrow wheelbase car with a relatively high CG. Mine's dropped 2.5" on 16" mages with 35MM offset which makes the wheelbase about an 1 1/2" wider than stock, front strut bar, rear strut bar, and still doesn not feel near as solid as my beetle on the highway.

It's just the nature of the beast
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:54 AM
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wheelbase if front to back.. the track is left to right. So your track was wider by 1-1/2" I will chime in with my experience, Just did my first autox and was doing 80-90 on the way there it felt fine. Stock may be a different story but i didnt go that fast when it was stock. Also during competition the car felt great being throw around. Suspension and tires will really firm things up for people worried about stability (tires first)
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:32 AM
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I have come to realize just how crappy the stock shocks are.....must go...
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:47 PM
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I have had my Fit at top sopeed (95-100 mph) many times on track and have not had the slightest feeling light.
However, we disconnected our front antisway bar and have 205/40x17 tires for better control. That could be lacking in the stock Fit. Too much understeer is not real helpful at top speeds on uneven surfaces.
And of course, alignment has to be right; evem a little off-center would add considerable wandering.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:55 AM
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I was late getting back to work today after an appointment and took my Jazz 1.4 to 160km (about 100mph) on the freeway and she was stable and sure in the corners and on the straights. Sure, she's no sportscar, but she handles really well for such a light tall car.

I have stock standard SA Jazz 1.4, which includes OEM 15" Rims on 185/55 R15 Bridgestone RE040 potenza's.

I have noticed that there is some movement in heavy cross winds (then I was driving a V6 Audi before this )


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Old 03-14-2014, 04:30 AM
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I got a stock suspension sport and she sticks nicely in the corners on the 15's, and theres a highway by me I Brooklyn that I test her on in dry weather to see if she's off at all
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:45 AM
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I find the under car panel by Beatrush very helpful. I track my GE8 and the car feels alot planted on the straight.
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:23 PM
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Stability when cruising at 100, no problems.
Bilstein shocks all round. 24mmu front sway bar, front strut bar.
Rear 19mm sway bar. 205x50/16 tires, standard springs as the roads here
Are potholed. And lower/stiffer springs would I think, make my fillings drop out.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:14 PM
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Someone resurrected a post 10 years ago 2008. Don’t think it applies today, does it?
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