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Re: Best 147 handling setup
I wouldn’t push the lowering so far. What travel does 147 suspension have. 11 - 13 cm? Just a guess... Take 6-7 cm of it and if you don’t drive on flat race track you have a problem. Lowering above certain level can spoil the handling very much. Your geometry will be wrong with such a lowering, camber will polish your inner tyre edges, dampers will not have space to dampen the surprises of the road and the car will just keep jumping on them giving much less grip than original setup. You will break your oil sump probably as well. And the 147 doesn’t even look good so low IMHO.
I think a lot of people will agree that 16" give the best handling/comfort compromise. But a lot of people drive on 17" like me, because of the looks and because of the pure driving experience if you find a few hundreds meters of nice curvy road with good tarmac. 18" and more are mainly for looks. I think there are two optimal setups for 147:
16" rims + standard springs + uprated dampers if you prefer good handling with comfort ride.
17" rims + lowering springs 20 to 40 mm + good gass filled dampers (maybe adjustables) if you prefer handling and looks.
My opinion about bushes is, if you presnt ones are good keep them as you can spent your money elsewhere. If they are worn and and your arms with bushes need replacing, than think about powerflex or similar.
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Last edited by gotcha; 05-07-07 at 21:21.