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Handling Loss With H22a In Del Sol...

Discussion in 'HYBRID -> EG-EK / DC' started by vpSPOONsol, May 7, 2003.

  1. vpSPOONsol

    vpSPOONsol Senior Member

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    Apr 1, 2003
    mildenhall village, england
    ive been hearing that swaping a H22a in a civic and a del sol will give u crappy handling...
    how come? is it the weight? cuz the h22a only weighs 70 more lbs than the b-series...
    could that problem be compensated with good suspension, strut, and sway bars?
  2. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    Sep 28, 2002
    the handling goes to shit for a few reasons
    1 the weight
    2 the positioning

    its not just a matter of the added 70lbs
    the positioning of an H series engine in a civic ends up putting much more weight in front of the axles
    this makes the car nose heavy
    this makes the car plow badly (lots of understeer)

    this can be compensated for somewhat with upgraded suspension (basicly it will be fine for daily driving)
    but it will still plow like a whore at the cars cornering limits
    this makes it suck moose balls for anything requiring hard cornering (road course, autocross, corner carving on back roads, etc...)

    moving the battery to the rear will not help much if at all (the battery is on the firewall, well behind the axles already)
    a CF hood will not help much (you are only removing a few pounds from in front of the axles)
    a thicker front sway bar will just make the front plow more
    a strut bar will help the front feel a little more solid but will not help much with the understeer

    this has been argued over several times .... basicly it comes down to how you plan to use the car

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