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    Understeer in wet corner

    So I got out there in some wet weather and gave it ('13 hatch) the beans, was surprised at how much the front end pushed in a wet corner. Yes, I'm on the stock summer tires and that surely contributed, but I didn't expect AWD to get that squirrelly. Lesson learned for the winter time.

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    From driving in rallycross I've learned you use the gas and brake pedals to steer. Give it the right amount of gas and you will experience some oversteer and continue around the corner. I don't know how this translates to wet tarmac though. Maybe an expert driver will chime in lol.

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    Springs and a rear sway bar will help significantly, but the motor is placed too far forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruh Roh View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Springs and a rear sway bar will help significantly, but the motor is placed too far forward.
    What he said! In order to achieve their symmetrical AWD, the engine is placed forward of the front axle. Springs, sways, and getting a custom alignment to add camber to the front wheels will all help with it, but none of those change the fact that these are nose heavy cars.

    One difference between awd and rwd though, with awd you are more able to force the car in the direction you want. You counter-intuitively want to give more throttle when sliding or plowing, and point the wheel where you want the car to go, then count on the awd to gain traction and pull it there.

    Disclaimer: My personal experience with awd driving style has never been at more than probably 8/10s of the car's potential.
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    New tires and sways will help considerably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball View Post
    What he said! In order to achieve their symmetrical AWD, the engine is placed forward of the front axle. Springs, sways, and getting a custom alignment to add camber to the front wheels will all help with it, but none of those change the fact that these are nose heavy cars.

    One difference between awd and rwd though, with awd you are more able to force the car in the direction you want. You counter-intuitively want to give more throttle when sliding or plowing, and point the wheel where you want the car to go, then count on the awd to gain traction and pull it there.

    Disclaimer: My personal experience with awd driving style has never been at more than probably 8/10s of the car's potential.
    Very good point on the alignment - I forgot to mention that.
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    Im not a big tarmac guy in my wrx but on dirt or gravel it does tend to push through unless you give it some gas. I have had a bald tire wrex out on my dirt track and unless you have to guts to push it then car is always going to understeer....with a stock car anyways...like they said before, alignment helps dramatically.

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