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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old October 19th, 2010, 06:11 Thread Starter
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Not that I really want to rally-x my two, but I just got a set of cusco coilovers (all four) with my gen3 rear clip. Will these, adjusted at softest and highest height (don't really know about the possibilities of the settigns though), would be more well suited for that kind of events? I might just keep them and wait untill my suspension is blown, then put them with new poly bushings all around.

I might try to put custom sway bars (dodge caravan ones should actually fit in the back) on my wagovan too, to see if it helps. The 4wd wagon didn't have any (while the wagon 2wd had a bigger front one than regular civics) because the 4wd was in the way of the front sway bar

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I don't know if the older Real-Time4WD systems are like the newer ones, but don't be surprised if you find yourself driving it more like a fwd than an awd.

I have a 2001 CR-V that has the Real-Time4WD and it is an interesting mix of driving habits at speed on dirt. Coming into a corner you have to flick it like a fwd and then just stand on it once the back end steps out to get the awd to engage. And then it only puts 20% of the power back there. On long sweeping corners I can get the back end to hang out quite well without doing any kind of flick, just drive it through. Maybe just a light lift of the throttle mid-corner to get it to step out more. But it's nothing like a fulltime awd car as far as point and shoot through the corners. It's quite a fun little package to drive on dirt.

BTW, we had a rallyx a few weeks ago and I ended up taking 6th overall out of 21 drivers. I was in 2nd place only 2 seconds behind the leader at lunch break. Then my afternoon kind of fell apart. There was only 3 awd cars in the top six and I would say that 2/3rds of the drivers were in awd cars. It was a good day!! Hopefully I'll be able to do better this weekend at our next event.
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I already tried the 4wd a lot last winter during snow storm and on ice lapping. The 4wd (some people say it's a better system than in the crv) is working well, it gives trully more traction (anyway, with 75hp...) , it's easy to swing the rear end and control it, and it was faster in the curves than most heavier subarus (a stripped geo metro turbo with a welded diff was faster than anyone tho). No locked diff, but really, when the front spins the rear will too, even if without wheel spin it's 99-1%. The rt4wd won't hesitate to send as much of 50% on the rear ( I'm not sure if it can "virtually" go up to 99% rear or if it won't pass 50%).
I never tried on dirt however, but I'm confident.

I never drove a full time 4wd (on mud or snow at least) but from what I've seen and the passenger rides I got (in old evos, imprezas, even a quattro 1983) my civic is not only more nimble, but really it's easier to have it drift (especially "tightly", keeping the inside of the corner). The evo and the quattro were beast, but finally the quattro especially didn't impress me a lot (maybe the driver, but he was still a journalist in the car industry...)

My father recently bought a Porsche 964 C4 (but the traction control/abs system is broken, so it's locked at 30% front/70 rear, anyway the system is known to make the car understeer) I can't wait to see how it will handle this winter

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