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an UrQ can power oversteer?
hey all, just got back from my test run after rebuilding the whole
shifter assembly and the rest of the linkage, along with replacing the
heater valve, and numerous other little things.
Anyway, i have the rear seat out, no spare, no trunk lining (it was
damaged by water), and obviously, nothing in the trunk.......
Anyway, i took it out for a test drive right now, and it was awesome.
Number one, the shifting was sooo nice. You should have seen the parts
that came out of there. The lower shift ball was only half there, the
bearing shells were cracked, the shift lever itself was broken in half
and had a bolt run up through the bottom of it, on which the now broken
top half of the shift lever rested, free to rotate and i could lift it
right off of the rest of the assembly. It shook and rattled, and
vibrated, much to my dissapointment. On top of that, because of the fact
that the linkage was way out of adjustment (the length is supposed to be
i think 5.274 inches, it was at something like 4.85 inches, so it was way
out) and that the shifter assembly was so badly worn, the shifting used
to be horrible. i would have to fight to get it in first all the time,
and it was sooo notchy. Now, it is incredibly smooth. Feels even better
than my 4kq and that is sayin alot...wow...
Now of course, the shift lever is way too long, so i have to cut it down
about 2 inches and rethread it. Anyone have the thread/inch count on
this or the correct die to get? Sears sells really cool tap and die sets
for not all that much money, i figure i will pick one up and make myself
a bit of a short shift kit kind of thing...
Back to the handling. Im running 40psi front and rear, which originally
(about a week ago), made a huge difference in the neutrality of the car.
At first, when i first got the car, i was running 44/36 as i was in my
4kq, it was ok, but didnt work the same in the UrQ. Then on some
recommendations, i tried raising the rear way up, so i was running 42/44
for a while, but that still didnt work all that great...understeer city/.
So, then i got the bright idea to get my eye to the ground and take a
look at the contact patch profile for the front and then for the rear.
Tehy were both slightly crowned, so i though, hmm...i will lower the
pressure a bit to get a larger patch...I then went to 40/40. Much better.
Now though, without that weight and such in the back, it just handles so
well. It would be perfectly neutral in the corner, then as i powered on,
(usually, the inside front wheel would spin), this time, it was the rear
wheels that were doing hte spinning..(well, sorta). I was able to keep
turning, but the tail was coming out just slightly. Perfectly
controllable, but enough to be very fast without much effort.
I swear, it is noisy as hell right now without all that stuff, but with
the way it handles, im not putting anything back in for a long time....
jsut wanted to let you all know... :o)
Michael Sheridan Williams
1983 UrQuattro, MC--1.8 BAR, borla, 16x7.5 OZ Mito's w/ SP8000's, K&N
1985 4000S Quattro miles, Koni Yellows/Coilover (2B), strut brace, Sport
8000 Tires, K&N