West End Alignment

It’s been a few weeks since I posted consistently.  I been super busy with life, going out, and partying for my birthday.  Anyways, I finally got my new (but used) Toda Fightex Type DA coilovers and adjustable tie rods installed on my car.  Also got around to getting it aligned and corner balanced by Darin (and his son, Chris) at West End.

I’ve always had “bad luck” working on my car.  For example, when I bought my Fightex, one of the coilovers was bent.  When I was installing the adjustable tie rods (which was meant to be installed with the entire steering rack out of my car), the stud threaded in with so much friction that it heated up the entire tie rod.  And of course, when Darin was finally finished doing my alignment and corner balance, he said, “Your car is in the top 1% of longest alignments and corner balances I have ever done.  Your car is just a challenge to work on but I think we already know that.”  My alignment and corner balance took 4.5 hours and I was sitting in my Bride seat the entire time.  I was trying to readjust my butt cheek ever few minutes but I was so cramped.

I absolutely love my new coilovers.  I’m by far a suspension guru but I can notice a difference in traction and ride comfort with the Fightex.

1.)  With my old coilovers (Apex’i N1 Type-V), I would “catch air” over bumps.  You know when you floor your car over a shitty road and you can’t get traction?  Well, with the Fightex, I can get traction.  I’m not sure how to describe this in technical suspension terms except the Fightex “responds” faster to bumps.  By responding faster to bumps and sticking to the ground, it allows you to grip.  As a result of this, the Fightex is much easier (and pleasurable) to drive because you can focus on driving and not, “Oh shit, I’m in the air and I have no traction!”

2.)  Even with stiffer spring rates (compared to my Apex’i), the Fightex rides wayyyy better.  My Apex’i were border lining “can’t-take-a-date-out-in-this car”.  The Fightex rides so much better that I’m sure my date wouldn’t be complaining at all!

3.)  For some reason, I get a ton of cabin noise with my Apex’i.  I figured the creaking noise was because of my roll bar, sway bars, etc…  Apparently, it was the Apex’i coilovers that were causing it because I don’t have that noise anymore!  You don’t realize how many times I’ve had to explain to a girl why my car is not falling apart.

But yeah, I can’t wait to take these to the track because the Fightex is so much easier to drive on.  I can focus more on my lines and less on manhandling the car to where I want it to go.

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