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This is a discussion on THE single best handling MOD? within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; just one mod to aid handling what would it be tires/wheels swaybars /strut tower brace springs/shocks/coilovers camber/alignment adjustments something i ...

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    THE single best handling MOD?

    just one mod to aid handling what would it be
    tires/wheels
    swaybars /strut tower brace
    springs/shocks/coilovers
    camber/alignment adjustments
    something i didn't mention
    well what is it ?????????
    for the wrx of course

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    tires
    sways
    springs


    that order
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    I have heard that strut bars don't to much (if anything at all) for our cars because of strut placement.
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    Originally posted by GriffinREX
    I have heard that strut bars don't to much (if anything at all) for our cars because of strut placement.
    Correct me if I am wrong...

    ive heard the same.
    Quote Originally Posted by DTR rex

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    Tires fool!

    Strut bars don't help a ton on a sedan from what I've heard, due to chassis rigidity, not strut placement. Apparently in a wagon a rear strut brace makes a big difference.

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    Yep, the Sedan has a whole bunch of cross-bracing in the rear - hence the lack of fold-down rear seats!

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    Tires and then an alignment. The stock alignment is usually conservative and not very even.
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    Re: THE single best handling MOD?

    Originally posted by CAP-E-TAN
    just one mod to aid handling what would it be
    tires/wheels
    swaybars /strut tower brace
    springs/shocks/coilovers
    camber/alignment adjustments
    something i didn't mention
    well what is it ?????????
    for the wrx of course
    The answer is somewhat dependent on your preferences.

    For most tires would be the best upgrade, yet others start with an alignment.
    Some might find shocks(dampers,struts, etc.) and springs are top priority.
    And for reasons beyond my preferencial comprehension, others prefer swaybars first (most likely due to cost, not in the pursuit of creating a balanced chassis)

    Bottom line is that it depends on what ride/handling characteristic you'd like to change.

    IMO upgrading tires would be the place to start as it will improve a lot of different characteristics at the same time.

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    i have many suspension modifications to my 03 sedan, the one that I was most suprised by was: Whiteline Anti Lift Kit!!

    I am amazed at the difference in balance of the car, as well as the increased sharpness at turn-in.

    it may also be that it just worked well with my existing combination.

    Big thumbs up!

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    Oh yeah, only a good alignment can compete with the ALK on a bang-for-buck basis.

    But tires will make the BIGGEST difference.
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    For best handling, i would think tires are tops on the list. However, I loved how my car felt after just a rear sway bar. I hated the understeer that the car present when pushed hard, and the sway bar definitely allowed the tail end to rotate a bit more. This definitely made the car more fun to drive (but didn't necessarily make it easier to drive it faster when cornering)
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    The things that made the biggest improvement for me.

    1 Tires and 17" wheels
    2 Alignment (the WRX needs more negative camber in front)
    3 Springs (I have Eibach Prokit)
    4 Rear Swaybar (Cusco)
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    Tires, no question -- oh, and driving school. You can spend $5000 on handling mods and still not know how to drive.

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    Originally posted by NJwrbT-WRX
    Tires, no question -- oh, and driving school. You can spend $5000 on handling mods and still not know how to drive.

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