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 Post subject: XH ute handling
Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:17 pm 
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Gday i was wondering whats the best way to get seriously good handling out of a V8 Xh ute its currently lowered on 2" blocks but want to get them reset eventually whats the best way do you reckon?
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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:27 am 
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I would say a decent suspension package including shock and springs, something that's matched to vehicles weight pretty well.

also good tyres help wouldn't go anything lower profile than a 17" as its still leaf sprung and will be too rough.

 

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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:16 pm 
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Its currently got lowering blocks with 17s on it and stock front suspension would the ultimate best package be getting the rear springs reset and getting coil overs for the front to keep it driveable and reliable?
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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:04 pm 
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Just remember, it is a Ute, and you have to allow for a few shortcomings with the handling, especially in the rear. That being said, they can still be made to turn and stop ok.

Mine has 2" blocks in the rear, and lowered Kings in the front - can't remember which ones - with 17 x 8's, with 235/45's all round, and it (when the tyres aren't old and hard :lol: ) doesn't handle too bad. But I grew up with leaf-sprung Falcons, and don't mind the way they handle.

You just have to remember, your not driving a BMW 5-series, and if you get too excited, the rear will come around and slap you. Or the scenery. :twisted: I have chased down many smaller, supposedly-better handling cars through some twisty bits, and always come out with a big grin.

As always, leaf spring cars are meant to be a slow in / power out-style of driving. If you try to carry too much corner speed, you will run out of talent real quick.

But seriously, if you want something that handles real well, it wont be a Ute... 8-)

 

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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:41 pm 
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Thicker front swaybar and the addition of a rear swaybar - IMO best noticeable change you can make.
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You should have already a limited slip diff to help the rear keep reasonable traction.

 

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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:16 pm 
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yea i got 17x8s on it at the moment soon will have 17x8.5 on it with 235/45 tyres on it they grip reasonably well but i have noticed they lose traction extremely easily and the ute as i found out the other day driving through an underground parking lot gets sideways without any trouble at all complete accident haha
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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:37 pm 
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what exactly do trailing arms do is it worthwhile putting some in and do the sway bars bolt in or is there welding required?
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Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:45 pm 
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what exactly do trailing arms do is it worthwhile putting some in and do the sway bars bolt in or is there welding required?
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Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:18 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: XH ute handling
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:25 am 
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is it worth while working out how to put trailing arms in and will they do much??
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