Here's A Demonstration Of Why Your Old Sports Car Needs A Suspension Upgrade

The 18-year-old suspension components on this 996 Porsche 911 were holding it back, so it's unsurprising to see just how much difference new coilovers, bushes and anti-roll bars made
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Time is not kind to your suspension components. Over the years, bushes will perish, springs will weaken and shock absorbers will degrade. So if you’re running something like this 18-year-old 996 Porsche 911, you should think about giving your suspension a refresh, and maybe even a little upgrade while you’re at it.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that suspension technology has come a long way over the last few decades, and performance cars of yesteryear were on the whole a lot softer. In the case of the 996 - as mentioned in the above video - it was set up to understeer on the limit to make it a little less lairy to drive than its predecessors. So, it’s no surprise that an overhaul featuring things like Ohlins Road and Track dampers makes a massive difference to the way it drives.



“Its also worth bearing in mind that suspension technology has come a long way..”

Ending up like this.

05/21/2017 - 07:08 |
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Ouch😁. Have you heard about the 1st gen Ford Explorers Double I-Beam Front Suspension? That was horrible. There was a blogpost about it on here.

05/21/2017 - 07:23 |
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What’s crazy about that is that the result was ignored by Toyota for something like 10 years. They just recently fixed it.

05/21/2017 - 17:02 |
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I’d reccommend these next time you need to replace you suspension:

05/21/2017 - 07:12 |
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What contest do I have to enter?

05/21/2017 - 13:24 |
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Rand0m_c1tizen (Jon)

I guess I should spring for that suspension upgrade I’ve been meaning to buy.

05/21/2017 - 07:23 |
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Well played sir. Well played.

05/21/2017 - 07:52 |
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3Fiddy (JDM Squad) (SAAB Squad) (S-Chassis squad)

Old is gold

05/21/2017 - 07:38 |
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Yes … you can make an older car better than what is rolling out of the factory now.

05/21/2017 - 09:13 |
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05/21/2017 - 11:17 |
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I changed the rack mount bushes, anti-roll bar mount and end bushes with poly ones. Also have Koni red shocks on the front and KYBs on the rear. Made a massive difference to how the car drives. Sharper turn in and less body roll. She’s an 87 SAAB 900 EMS if you’re curious.

05/21/2017 - 11:58 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Cool! I love 900s and I think the 1987 one was the facelift year. If I had money to buy a Saab, mine would be a 1977 Saab 99 EMS.

05/21/2017 - 15:50 |
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Ok ok, enough with this sophisticated suspension and cornering BS . This is the internet, were is my 4000hp Supra that can only go straight, owned by a rich brat and his super hot “girlfriend”?

05/21/2017 - 13:28 |
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Harry K

Hey is that where you guys filmed the m3 generation comparison film?

05/21/2017 - 13:44 |
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