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Old 02-06-2019, 04:00 PM   #233 (permalink)
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I'm happy to say I'm not the only person with this issue: I was recently behind an old Ford Ranger who I noticed was constantly correcting oversteer through a gentle, sweeping highway curve in slippy conditions at ~65 km/h (40 mph)



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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
Have you put it on a scale to get the front/rear axle weights?
Nope never have done this.

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You deleted the front sway bar, right? Consider that most FWD cars come with a front sway bar and usually are tuned for understeer, and it makes sense that you’re experiencing oversteer in snow, especially when you also consider that you removed lots of weight from the rear of the car (still living with the hatch delete?)...

I would give some serious thought to putting the front sway bar back on and relocating the battery to the rear...
Good memory!! Good theory! Yes both F/R bars are off the car.

HOWEVER, you would need weight transfer for this theory to work, and I swear there was so little traction when this happened, there would have been no suspension compression to speak of for the bar(s) to work against.

I'm talking about driving through the gentlest of curves at a moderate speed with hardly any steering input.

So far I've put all the interior bits/hardware back into the rear of the car. (Partly also because it's noisy driving on wet roads, and the roads are mostly wet this time of year.) I also have a bit of extra weight I can add to the cargo area. But I haven't yet had a chance to drive it on slippery roads since doing this.

Will keep you posted.
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