[s-cars] Installing Torsen diffs and disabling EDL on a
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Thu Jan 24 21:06:56 PST 2008
Ok... Torsen Boy is back from the 'boat....
Calvin, I'm with you all the way, the reality is that the electronics are
catching up with the simple days of locking diffs.... It really boils down to
driver training. A good driver will be able to outperform EDL and ESP
because a drift *can* be better than none. But in a straight line, the
combination of EDL, ESP, and TCS (throttle control systems) is all but impossible to
After a rousing 2 days at Steamboat, a well trained driver will do better
with a couple of locked diffs. So much so, that a lowly normally aspirated 4kq
with locked diffs, was able to chase down all the turbo cars on that track.
Sure in the straights (just like tarmac) I got passed by all those big dogs,
but that was only 2 turns of 10....
I'll also note that I took a ride in Pederson's q'wagon with the rear bias
center torsen center rear. Seemed really twitchy to me, I really believe that
fighting a static understeer car with rear torque bias, creates a bigger
problem than it solves.... Even Mike P had his hands full after so many of
those world wide ice driving schools.
It's new vs old school IMO. I say the edge goes to electronics in a
straight line. In a low/mixed mu surface like steamboat mimicking the real winter
world in which we drive, the old dual locker still holds the prize for
predictability. Ride with Brendan or Chad however, you can experience how a couple
of nutballs can confuse all those electronics and still give us locker boys a
run for the money.
My .02 arbitraged thru the peso
S 'torsen boy' J
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