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Offline mj2k

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Re: My project begins...
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2021, 10:58:21 am »
I agree with you regarding the steering feel, much too artificial in sport mode. :-X

I am not aware of a work around.

I was thinking about trying to fiddle a standard 500 cabrio epas in there (the weighting's about the same on them I think) but if it did work presumably the 'sport mode' would then result in the steering having 'parking mode' weighting, which may feel even worse. Might have to have a word with a remapper at some point to see if the ecu map can be altered so the 'sport mode' button doesn't change the epas setting.

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    « Reply #31 on: November 19, 2021, 03:02:07 pm »
    Sorted. New number plates on, new wheels on, wheels aligned :)



    It definitely feels like it has a little more 'urge' with the lighter wheels on, seems to tramline less and feels more stable. Not sure if that's down to a small difference in tracking, the slightly wider wheel track or swapping to Goodyear Eagles, but it certainly feels good...

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    Re: My project begins...
    « Reply #32 on: November 19, 2021, 03:31:48 pm »
    Mine is always (and Ireally mean always) in Sportmode. Kinda feels broken in normal mode.

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    « Reply #33 on: November 20, 2021, 12:40:16 am »
    Mine is always (and Ireally mean always) in Sportmode. Kinda feels broken in normal mode.

    gr J

    I'd probably like it if it wasn't for the epas, it just feels wrong to me. Car certainly feels nice and chuckable on it's new wheels, I suspect I might be fitting some DNA Racing components sometime to sharpen it up even more, though that would mean a switch to coilovers, which I don't particularly want to do yet.

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    Re: My project begins...
    « Reply #34 on: November 24, 2021, 09:33:00 am »
    Interesting day yesterday, it passed it's MOT with flying colours, not even a single advisory :lala:

    And whilst I was waiting for the MOT results, these landed on my doorstep, so once I've got a bit more used to it, the modifications can begin



    I have noticed one little oddity though - if you're wide open throttle and then back off a lot on the approach to a corner the car does a near-imperceptible wiggle. This would most likely be hidden by the straight ahead 'dead spot' in sport mode (maybe that's eve why the dead spot is there), but is this normal?

    It'll be easy to get used to if it is, and may even become endearing (bit like it's a bit over-excited) but will obv need more investigation if it isn't...

    BTW I did some 'brake maths' (using the aptly named Subaru 'brakemath' spreadsheet) and it looks like the Brembos will move the brake bias 8% towards the front, which given it's already got a massive front brake bias, might explain why many reviewers mention the car diving under heavy braking... I'm thinking vaguely of trying out 'fast road' pads on the back whilst leaving standard pads on the front because this will pull the bias 13% back towards the rear, but this might prove to be too much given the car's roughly 70/30 weight distribution.

    Anyone else tried anything similar to balance the brakes up a bit, or is messing with the rears a recipe for a fishtailing disaster?

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    « Reply #35 on: November 24, 2021, 10:00:02 am »
    Thinking about it more and using a bit of O level / gcse physics, I wonder if the wiggle is caused by the 'wobble blob' strut top mounts? Bearing in mind the front strut top mounts are basically a big lump of rubber which aren't anchored to the car, if you suddenly remove a lot of clockwise twisting motion from them (torque) by backing off the throttle, they're bound to spring back a bit even if they're brand new (like mine).

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    « Reply #36 on: November 24, 2021, 05:50:43 pm »
    Put in an order for some new rear discs and EBC Greenstuff pads. Figured they'd be a safe choice for the rears since that's only a slight pad upgrade over standard, though will be interesting to see how they cope; sounds like they may not suit lightweight cars unless you do a lot of heavy braking judging by some reviews, but we shall see...

    Also bought some standard Brembo-made pads for the front; Brembos can be a bit choosy about the pads (they can stick if not exactly right) so worth getting the real McCoy.

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    « Reply #37 on: November 25, 2021, 10:05:29 am »
    Took it on my usual 14 mile round trip down country roads to the local Tesco, definitely about 10mph slower out of the corners than my old modified Subaru Legacy wagon. But then I'm not 100% confident in it yet and I suspect the centre of gravity will be somewhat higher and nearer the front, so not too surprising.

    Still great fun though, and as a major plus on the way back all the shopping crammed into the boot, which meant the bags stayed upright and I didn't have to spend another 10 minutes hunting for lost groceries rolling around in the back, like I did with the Legacy ;D

     

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