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Better handling WITHOUT a rear sway bar! by Boostdreamer
Started on: 01-10-2014 11:15 AM
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Last post by: Steven Snyder on 05-17-2014 12:44 AM
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[B]Originally posted by hyperv6:

If it were so cheap and easy GM would have gotten it right to start with. Just look at all the changes from 87-88. This is what they decided it needed and not just added some bars and shocks.


THIS is a tough pill to swallow for a majority of the pre 88 Fiero owners here. Way too often we hear "You can make an 84-87 handle just as well as an '88" and your statement sums it up. IF it were as easy as springs and sway bars GM wouldn't have spent $30 million on the '88 redesign. They would have put stiffer springs and sway bars on. Most don't understand that the front and rears on 84-87 Fieros don't "play well together" regarding important things like dive and squat, because they are BOTH front end designs originally, and that this isn't fixed by throwing add on parts at it...the early cars were a cool looking commuter car with parts bin suspension. Looked good, but couldn't deliver on the looks. I love all the Fieros I've had, but the early cars aren't very good handling cars as they were built...

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Originally posted by sspeedstreet:

This is what a 1988 looks like "at the limit" at high speed.




Heh heh... once the rear end starts to come around there's not much else to do than to just hang on.

It's interesting to watch the same car breeze through the same sweep (enters at 1:05) with no problem during another run a year later.

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Originally posted by Patrick:

It's interesting to watch the same car breeze through the same sweep (enters at 1:05) with no problem during another run a year later.



That's because Steven added a NASCAR COT wing to reduce the aerodynamic lift on the back of the car

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Originally posted by sspeedstreet:

That's because Steven added a NASCAR COT wing to reduce the aerodynamic lift on the back of the car.


Ah, so that's what we all need to be adding to the rear of our Fieros.
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Originally posted by sspeedstreet:

This is what a 1988 looks like "at the limit" at high speed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqBfEbYIXm8


I had my front splitter installed that weekend but no rear wing. A stock '88 isn't going to have the same balance at speed.. there will be way more understeer due to front lift.

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