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Road trip update
Well, Audi Quattro fans...here it is:
Took the wife & kids to WDW (265 mi. from doorstep to doorstep), quite
shortly after having the 52.5K service performed, as well as new wheels (TSW
Imolas) and tires (Dunlop SP8000). This was the first extended roadtrip in
the urS4 since purchase.
Fortunately the car has two lighter sockets, so I could plug in both the V1
and the "BearTracker". I consider usage of both units mandatory whenever one
wishes to proceed in Accelerated Stealth Mode. Including diaper stops, the
travel time had a 2 way average of 3.5 hours, mostly on the FL T-pike (This
also includes a short bit on surface streets and a goodish bit on I-95).
The car was absolutely flat-rock-stable at cruising speeds in excess of 90
mph. (the highest speed with a favorable WAF) What was REALLy cool is that I
got to see the benefits of Quattro technology, such as they are here in the
Somewhere between Orlando and WPB a small monsoon hit, and I slowed down to a
safe rain speed. I did so purely by instinct, without looking at the gauges.
I assumed I was going about 60 mph. As it turns out, I was in a downpour
moving along at 80 mph, with no hint of aquaplaning or even the merest
inkling of diminished control. I'd like to try this again later on with
P-Zero Direzionales (my winter tire of choice <g>) and whatever brake upgrade
I settle on.
Question #1: I would like to reduce the suspension's roll just a touch, while
keeping the rest of the suspension otherwise intact. I'm guesstimating
stiffer swaybars would do the trick. How off-base is this assumption? Any
Question #2: I'd also like teh steering to have BOTH better feel and a
quicker ratio. I had seen somewhere posted about making adjustments to
increase effort=feel, but nothing on a quicker rack. Am I dreaming uselessly
of less turns lock-to-lock?
Anyway, back to the trip report...The electronic EWS I had outfitted my urS4
(the "S" must mean Stealth <g>) worked as advertised, helping me avoid radar
traps and the BearTracker helped me avoid those situations where no Radar was
After the jaunt thereto, WDW's new TestTrack attraction was a snooze. <g>
-Joe (back) in SoFla
1992 urS4, ~54K mi.