>At 10:08 PM 3/28/99 -0700, Gary Tew wrote:
>>Guys, I'm thinking of picking up some front and rear NISMO springs and
>>several other NISMO front suspension components. I understand that
>>these springs lower the car an inch or two and stiffen things up quite a
>>bit. Are these components for racing only and overkill on a street
>>roadster or will I benefit from the better handling. Will they effect
>>tire/rim options I can run? I'm planning on running some '85 300ZX rims
>>and haven't decided on tire size yet. Thanks for any words of wisdom.
>Basically, "yes" to all questions.
>Yes, they lower the car about 2 inches.
>Yes, they are overkill on the street (at least the rears are).
>Yes, you'll benefit from the better handling - as long as the road is smooth.
>Yes, they will affect your tire clearances, particularly in the rear.
Are there not any readily available spring alternatives for the roadster
between stock and the NISMO springs like we have for the 510 and Z
(Suspension Tech or TMC)? How about local spring shops in larger cities?
What about sway bar sets and maybe panhard rods? Is the potential market
so small that no one wants to bother? Weird.
I realize that rear sway bars aren't as common on rear leaf spring cars,
but it seems that the same techniques to improve handling would apply to
the roadster as to the 510 and Z. Keep the spring and shock rates
reasonable to keep the tires on the road and use sway bars to control
body roll. I know Hotchkiss has a kit for the late Chevy/GMC P/U that
drops the truck some and includes new F/R springs, sway bars (stock comes
front only) and a panhard rod. No I don't have it, they get $1500 for the
bits, plus shocks! I'd rather put the $1500 into the E/P car. I did put
Bilsteins on the truck though. What a difference.
'71 510 2-dr (Prepared class autocrosser)
'73 510 2-dr (Street Toy)