Suspension Q's:

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Mon Sep 20 11:36:16 EDT 2004

Scott, Your knowledge may be in error.

You need to match the insert damping to your new spring rate and unsprung
weight.  IMO, Bilsteins are overdamped and thus less than optimum, at least
for a stock suspension.

> From: SuffolkD at
> Subject vehicle 200 20V 3B w/ 150K 17" wheels.
> Knowing Bernie's answer, I'd like to gather suggestions for increasing the DE
> track handling of my daily driver. (Yes, dedicated track car would be ideal)
> Bilstein's increase ride height correct?
> If I decide to use H&R to lower 1.5", boge turbo gas sufficient?
An 1.5" will get you into bump steer problems unless the springs are very
> Are there SOME bushings that would benefit from derlin/urethane?  I "know"
> certain OEM rubber ones are best due to the travel motion of some suspension
> points.
> Current plan is bushings, upper strut bearings, "springs" and "shocks".
What bushings?  44 chassis upper strut bearings don't need replacing, just
disassemble and relube.  While you have the struts out, relube the wheel
bearings at 150K and they'll last another 150K, BTDT.
> TIA -Scott by BOSTON

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