I’ve been wondering why my AW11 feels so heavy. I don’t mean that the clutch is heavier/lighter or the steering needs some muscle when standing still. The car just doesn’t feel agile.
I’ve driven Maladar’s K11, which feels really nimble, I’ve driven my own corolla which does roll a lot but still is happy to turn around the corners and lately thoron’s Nissan P11-144, which is both heavy and big car and it still has this nice feeling.
(Thoron broke his accelerator leg couple of weeks ago, so I’ve been driving his Nissan and working parttime as his personal driver) 😀
I’ve considered the possibility of too much unsprung weight affecting the feeling. I have to check how much heavier the SSR’s are, compared to my BBS’s and Widrics ultralight TE37’s.
When driving around, I can feel how the SSR’s do make the car more stable if going over 80km/h. I suspect this has something to do with the rotational mass and the gyroscopic effect, like how the rotating object doesn’t want to change the direction.
If the heavy feeling doesn’t change with the wheels, I have examine the the suspension setting. I’m pretty certain that my modest toe-in and camber settings have nothing to do with this, so I’m suspecting the caster angle.
If I remember correctly, the rear caster angle was left as it was. Front caster was added about one degree from 6 to 7. I read from somewhere that the AW11 could benefit from more caster, but now I think I have to dig deeper into this.
Other things I can think about the feeling are the sway bars. Front swaybar has one damaged bushing (the clamp is bit bent) which needs some attention. Maybe stiffer swaybars later?
Then the Roll Center Adjusters. Do I need these? How will these affect the overall feeling? TechnoToyTuning has a nice set just for AW11. At least, they should help a bit with the bump steering.
Other things I haven’t done yet:
Rear brakes need to be rebuilt and new discs and pads installed. Already have these. From Dixcel.
Then the AEM EMS 30-1110 for supra. I cheked the pinout and as far as I can tell, there shouldn’t be much twiddling with the wires. Injectors are in different place and the ISCV (Idle Speed Control Valve) has four wires on supra.
Larger crank pulley.