I've read probably all of the sway bar posts in this forum and, frankly, I'm not sure where to go. In sum, I previously owned a 4th Gen LGT in which I installed the following to my stock suspension:
Hotchkis hollow 25mm front sway bar;
Hotchkis hollow 22mm front sway bar;
Karboy front & rear end links; &
AVO rear reinforcement brackets (i.e., the excellent handling package offered by m sprank
The 4th Gen LGT handled amazing. You "pointed," and the 4th Gen "went" with very little body roll and no worries of instability. The best way to describe the 4th Gen LGT's handling through turns was flat with the slightest amount of understeer (if you left off the throttle).
Presently, on my 5th Gen LGT (with stock 23mm solid front sway bar), I have installed the following:
19mm STI solid sway bar;
AVO rear reinforcement brackets;
Kartboy rear end links;
Bilstein struts; &
RCE black springs.
Unfortunately, my 5th Gen LGT does not handle nearly as nicely as the 4th Gen—my 5th Gen rides much harsher and has too much body roll through the "twisties" (feels a little instable). In fact, it makes me want to sell my 5th Gen and buy another 4th Gen (in part, because, I've spent substantially more on 5th Gen on handling than my 4th Gen without matching the handling performance). Does anybody have any experience with both 4th and 5th Gen LGTs that can provide any comments, solutions or thoughts on my 5th Gen handling issues—specifically, the body roll issues?
Basically, I want my 5th Gen to handle like my 4th Gen, and I want to know what do to make it so.
Premptive answers to expected commentary:
- Yes, I understand that my sway bars are smaller than my 4th Gen, but the sway bars on my 5th Gen are solid—not hollow—which (it is my understanding) may be equivalent to 1-2mm larger hollow sway bars. Further, I figured that the stiffness of the Bilstein/RCE Black combo would make up for any difference in sway bar size.
- Yes, I understand that some people think Kartboy end links are a waste of money. I do not.
- Yes, I know most people on this forum seem to prefer Koni struts (when my Bilstein wear out, I'll probably go that way)
- Yes, I understand that the harshness is due to the Bilstein/RCE combo, but, as I mentioned, I am mostly concerned with the body roll. Also, of course I had to replace to the stock suspension—stock suspension was garbage.
- Yes, I know you think your 5th Gen LGT setup handles amazingly
—do you have baseline 4th Gen comparison? If not, no offense but I'm not sure how useful your comments will be (e.g., it's all relative