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Old 04-17-2018, 09:22 AM
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Ok so here goes I realize Iíve done this backwards.. But thereís not much I can do about it now. Iíve built a 93 eh2 hatchback before learning how to actually drive.. I guess I like to learn the hard way. Iím all over the place on a fairly curvy AutoX course that I only stay in second gear. Last weekend was my first event on this setup;

Car Weight 2137lbs 360whp b series turbo
PIC Coilovers 12k F (784lbs) 14k R (672lbs)
Front camber -2 Front total Toe 1/8th
Rear camber -1 0 Toe
mfactory LSD
Quafie qsr
Rear ASR 24mm sway
Rear BWR strut bar/control arms subframe brace lower tie
Blox spherical trailing arm bushings
Energy Suspension bushing all around
No front sway
Circuit hero strut and Benen subframe brace
205/50/15 Federal FZ201 27psi front 25psi rear


It was 50 degrees and a little wet last weekend.
I have another event this Sunday. The weather is supposed to be better +. I since put on a Integra 21mm front sway, I think this will help with the crazy oversteer issues I was having.

Any help on tuning my suspension like front rear tire pressures, how much damping in the front and rear, front sway bar size? Any critiques or suggestions on my current setup? I understand my car is far superior to my knowledge of driving and most everything is driver error. Iím just trying to get some helpful tips. I felt like I was driving on ICE last weekend it wasnít fun at all. Iím going to setup boost by gear here soon. I much preferred my all motor setup for AutoX but again I let my ego take the best of me and went turbo. Thank guys.

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It's going to be very hard to get traction in a tight course with so much power. Maybe try a more hardcore LSD (OS Giken) and much wider front tires? Can you reduce the amount of boost? Good luck!
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It's going to be very hard to get traction in a tight course with so much power. Maybe try a more hardcore LSD (OS Giken) and much wider front tires? Can you reduce the amount of boost? Good luck!
Iím definitely going to turn the boost way down. And see how that helps. I did have it turned down to about 14psi Iíll try 10psi this weekend. And also look into bigger front tires. Thank you.
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I'd turn the boost way down until you get more comfortable and not touch much else unless the car was really unstable. Was the car trying to spin constantly or were you just having problems putting power down?

Also I'm not too familiar with those tires but if it's wet and 50 degrees you're going to have trouble getting much heat into them. If they're bad until they're hot they're probably just going to be bad on a day like that.
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I'd turn the boost way down until you get more comfortable and not touch much else unless the car was really unstable. Was the car trying to spin constantly or were you just having problems putting power down?

Also I'm not too familiar with those tires but if it's wet and 50 degrees you're going to have trouble getting much heat into them. If they're bad until they're hot they're probably just going to be bad on a day like that.
It literally felt like I was on ice. If I pushed it even a little Iíd spin out. I just couldnít go fast at all. I do think my stiff suspension mated with the Federal semi slicks and the weather played a huge roll. I donít think it shouldíve been that bad though. Iím hoping better weather along with the boost turned down and front sway bar on things feel a bit more stable.
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It literally felt like I was on ice. If I pushed it even a little I’d spin out. I just couldn’t go fast at all. I do think my stiff suspension mated with the Federal semi slicks and the weather played a huge roll. I don’t think it should’ve been that bad though. I’m hoping better weather along with the boost turned down and front sway bar on things feel a bit more stable.
Obviously internet race driving here, but from reading your specs your car seems a over sprung both statically (springs) and dynamically (sway bar) for that skinny of a tire. Everything I see in your list seems like a perfect recipe for a lot of jittery oversteer. If you're stuck with those tires for a while, I would trying disconnecting that rear sway bar or hooking the front back up, airing the tires down a tiny bit (1-3 psi) more and working with your alignment shop to encourage a little more front push. By chance do you still have the stock springs/shocks you could put on? I'd bet you could pick up quite a bit of time by simply being in a more predictably sprung car on good tires. Suspension in autocross really should be upgraded slowly and methodically to correct certain characteristics you notice over many runs. It really shouldn't be done first (if at all) unless you know for sure you as a driver or your car need it. Another thing to mention that I see a lot of novices do is trying to bend your driving style to a sub-par setup. Don't do that. You'll only learn bad habits. Hit reset or pause on a few of your suspension upgrades and I bet you'll end up quicker.

*edit I see you put the front sway bar on. good move.
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Obviously internet race driving here, but from reading your specs your car seems a over sprung both statically (springs) and dynamically (sway bar) for that skinny of a tire. Everything I see in your list seems like a perfect recipe for a lot of jittery oversteer. If you're stuck with those tires for a while, I would trying disconnecting that rear sway bar or hooking the front back up, airing the tires down a tiny bit (1-3 psi) more and working with your alignment shop to encourage a little more front push. By chance do you still have the stock springs/shocks you could put on? I'd bet you could pick up quite a bit of time by simply being in a more predictably sprung car on good tires. Suspension in autocross really should be upgraded slowly and methodically to correct certain characteristics you notice over many runs. It really shouldn't be done first (if at all) unless you know for sure you as a driver or your car need it. Another thing to mention that I see a lot of novices do is trying to bend your driving style to a sub-par setup. Don't do that. You'll only learn bad habits. Hit reset or pause on a few of your suspension upgrades and I bet you'll end up quicker.

*edit I see you put the front sway bar on. good move.
Wow ok to some of that. Never stated I was a race car driver. I can say ďyet another ******* on HTĒ. I clearly stated I did everything backwards.
Anyways thanks for the tips.
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Wow ok to some of that. Never stated I was a race car driver. I can say ďyet another ******* on HTĒ. I clearly stated I did everything backwards.
Anyways thanks for the tips.
Sorry, I meant that I was internet race driving since I can only go on what I read and make suggestions without actually driving the car. I didn't mean to suggest you did anything wrong. I'm just happy to hear someone is getting into autocross and hope I can help in some way.
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Let me preface with saying I don't have experience driving/setting up a modified Civic/Integra other than one event in a very dialed in ST EF. I do have a good amount of experience autocrossing a NC Miata and a Focus though. Where you are right now is a lot of variables that all seem to make the car rotate better (in general stiffer springs/shocks/sways/tire pressures in rear will make the car rotate more, softer will do the opposite, inverse is generally true for the front). I would think that you have enough spring given your car's weight that you would be fine with no sway bars anywhere. I'd start with disconnecting the rear sway and dropping some pressure out of the rear tires, less power if it's easy, and maybe softening the shocks in the back, and go from there. Long term adding a front bar and the rear will probably make sense but getting seat time without any will probably help you appreciate what's going on when you start adding things back in. I'm also a fan of taking away rather than adding when you've got big things you're trying to tune.

If it's like driving on ice, so stopping, turning, putting power down, are all challenged that's tires. They may have heat cycled out, are awful in the wet, or never had a chance to get up to temp. I think on a warmer day where your tires can get some heat you'll be in better shape.

If you're still struggling at the next event see if you can get an instructor to take a run with you and maybe one driving your car and get some feedback. I kept having the rear come around after making an alignment change that on paper should've been good, but I was convinced had ruined the car's balance. An instructor went right seat on a run and pointed out I was jumping out of the throttle mid corner screwing with the weight transfer and I would spin. Next run when I was more careful getting out of the gas and the car was magically fixed.
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Sorry, I meant that I was internet race driving since I can only go on what I read and make suggestions without actually driving the car. I didn't mean to suggest you did anything wrong. I'm just happy to hear someone is getting into autocross and hope I can help in some way.
Oh looks like Iím the ******* now haha sorry. Again thanks for the tips. Iím looking forward to this weekend and how it performs with some changes and 60 degrees sunny weather
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Let me preface with saying I don't have experience driving/setting up a modified Civic/Integra other than one event in a very dialed in ST EF. I do have a good amount of experience autocrossing a NC Miata and a Focus though. Where you are right now is a lot of variables that all seem to make the car rotate better (in general stiffer springs/shocks/sways/tire pressures in rear will make the car rotate more, softer will do the opposite, inverse is generally true for the front). I would think that you have enough spring given your car's weight that you would be fine with no sway bars anywhere. I'd start with disconnecting the rear sway and dropping some pressure out of the rear tires, less power if it's easy, and maybe softening the shocks in the back, and go from there. Long term adding a front bar and the rear will probably make sense but getting seat time without any will probably help you appreciate what's going on when you start adding things back in. I'm also a fan of taking away rather than adding when you've got big things you're trying to tune.

If it's like driving on ice, so stopping, turning, putting power down, are all challenged that's tires. They may have heat cycled out, are awful in the wet, or never had a chance to get up to temp. I think on a warmer day where your tires can get some heat you'll be in better shape.

If you're still struggling at the next event see if you can get an instructor to take a run with you and maybe one driving your car and get some feedback. I kept having the rear come around after making an alignment change that on paper should've been good, but I was convinced had ruined the car's balance. An instructor went right seat on a run and pointed out I was jumping out of the throttle mid corner screwing with the weight transfer and I would spin. Next run when I was more careful getting out of the gas and the car was magically fixed.
Excellent advice, you pretty much quoted exactly what my friend said thatís been driving and building cars a lot longer than I have.

I think I will disconnect the rear sway and see how it does this Sunday. The tires have never been properly heat cycled that was the first event on them and it was 48degrees and a bit wet. But I seemed to be the one with the most issues out on the course..

Iíll come back with an update after Sunday on how everything goes. Thank you for all the advise. I will have a seasoned driver ride with me as well
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Well I ended up selling my 93 hatch today glad I was able to get what I wanted out of it. So this thread can be dead. I do have 2003 S2000 that I can start fresh on.
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this is my setup, i am always top 10 in raw out of 50 and usually 1st or 2nd in class.
93 civic coupe
d16 10.5:1 comp
15g 16psi
10kg front 8 kg rear from an integra with truheart 1" lower struts
97 civic sedan front sway bar NO REAR SWAY BAR
225/45/15 bfg rivals
3degrees of camber in the front and 2 degrees of camber in the rear
.28 degrees of total toe OUT
and .20 degrees of total toe IN
front 5" splitter with air dam and a rear functional wing.

i use to run a 97 ek hatch till i lift oversteered it at an event doing 60 into a pole

on to ur issue. you are experiencing LIFT OVERSTEER and it sucks. there are a number of ways to get around this.
first stiffen the **** out of the front. the stiffer it is the more you will know when u understeer.
onto real fixes set ur rear camber to a little bit more aim for 1.5 ish. you can also use the old trick of using window paint or something to mark the edge of ur tires to see how much ur rolling over at around 35psi. if ur rolling to much in the rear increase camber.
to test my theory simply disconnect the rear sway bar, you will have a bunch more rear end traction. also next time you have it alighned get alittle bit more toe OUT in the front and TOE IN in the rear. any kind of toe in will help prevent the rear from rotating, rear toe out will CAUSE the rear end to rotate.
as far as dempening rates set them in the middle then you can stiffen them up, when you notice one half doing something funny lighten it up a little.

feel dumb now, just saw the part were u said u sold it
last year's video

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this is my setup, i am always top 10 in raw out of 50 and usually 1st or 2nd in class.
93 civic coupe
d16 10.5:1 comp
15g 16psi
10kg front 8 kg rear from an integra with truheart 1" lower struts
97 civic sedan front sway bar NO REAR SWAY BAR
225/45/15 bfg rivals
3degrees of camber in the front and 2 degrees of camber in the rear
.28 degrees of total toe OUT
and .20 degrees of total toe IN
front 5" splitter with air dam and a rear functional wing.

i use to run a 97 ek hatch till i lift oversteered it at an event doing 60 into a pole

on to ur issue. you are experiencing LIFT OVERSTEER and it sucks. there are a number of ways to get around this.
first stiffen the **** out of the front. the stiffer it is the more you will know when u understeer.
onto real fixes set ur rear camber to a little bit more aim for 1.5 ish. you can also use the old trick of using window paint or something to mark the edge of ur tires to see how much ur rolling over at around 35psi. if ur rolling to much in the rear increase camber.
to test my theory simply disconnect the rear sway bar, you will have a bunch more rear end traction. also next time you have it alighned get alittle bit more toe OUT in the front and TOE IN in the rear. any kind of toe in will help prevent the rear from rotating, rear toe out will CAUSE the rear end to rotate.
as far as dempening rates set them in the middle then you can stiffen them up, when you notice one half doing something funny lighten it up a little.

feel dumb now, just saw the part were u said u sold it
last year's video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmbA-jVejHk
This is really great stuff! Thank you for the time you took to post it. I plan on building a lower budget Civic/Crx so all this information is going to help. And Iím sure others will benefit from it as well.
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Only thing I didn't see mentioned was corner balancing. I've got rpf1s with r888s, Tein flex coilovers, and front and rear sway bars and I notice the most issue on fast steering changes from loading one side of the suspension to cornering opposite and flipping load quickly. Toe and camber has helped some, but I just ordered scales, and I do believe that's the last part of the equation.
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