Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: United Kingdom
"So if I want to reduce roll, I should change the springs. If I changed the dampers (and not the springs) then I'd still have the same amount of roll, but it would just kick in a fraction of a second later."
Up to a point yes, but the dampers need to be able to control the springs. Harder springs will need heavier duty dampers to retain control. Otherwise camber changes and throttle movement will have the car pitching all over the place (think what might happen when you inevitably clip the Apex kerb).
Also consider that full throttle on a bend two things are happening, sure the weight is diving to the outside wheel but as you come off the brakes and accelerate the whole front is trying to lift relative to where it was under hard braking. Lots for the dampers to keep under control!
The biggest bang for the buck to harden up the front end (remembering this is a relatively wobbly Spider) is probably a decent strut brace.
If you cannot afford both springs & dampers then probably dampers first - then springs.
Last edited by JFK; 27-11-09 at 15:56.