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Part 4: Suspension, wheels, brakes, stress bars

hard in a corner, Project displays unwavering stability. new running gear, suspension and this car has a refined, sporty yet remains the perfect daily

Pressed hard in a corner, Corrado displays unwavering With new running

When the SLC was first introduced in the U.S. the consensus was it was a great car—expensive, but very good. One journalist went so far as to call it one of the best cars ever.

Tell me I don’t know.

Despite its age and odometer numbers (138,889 at count), the Corrado’s handling and remains exceptional. Maybe I got lucky with this Maybe the crew that put it had great sex that week. Or it was just a great car from the

The years had taken a toll on the and while we fixed some of it new bushings and mounts, the stock and shocks were tired. It was not too during day-to-day driving, but it very apparent during canyon runs that the could not keep up with the I was driving the car beyond the suspension’s and although fun, it was not desirable. Oh, the stock 15-in. BBS wheels with dead rubber did not either.

The Tire Rack had previously set me up a set of SSR Competition wheels (7.5×17) and MX tires. It was an exceptional choice, anyway. I just was not happy the look—while very light and the SSR design was too modern for the car (in my opinion, I was looking for a wheel that the factory’s BBS units. Although are many BBS replicas, none can match going straight to the

I met up with Joe Interrante, a marketing for BBS Wheels in Texas during annual Charity BMW Roundup. its remote location, some 400 converged on Tyler, Texas, for turned out to very fine Joe is popular, not just because a good guy but also because BBS is a in the automotive performance industry. want BBS wheels because are the best, with a stellar earned on racetracks and roadways all the world.

In keeping with the understated appearance, Joe recommended the RX a model that has been in the BBS for quite a while. Measuring in. the RX tips the scale at 18.9 lb and a tough silver paint and that will most outlast the car. Although the today is ultra-lightweight forged BBS’s casting techniques are near perfect, each true to round and superbly Although the BBS RC in the same dimension an even 17 lb, you pay for it. The RX is a great wheel for the and they look perfect on the like a special trim from Volkswagen (think GTI

In keeping with the value-to-dollar I once again went to for tires. The Kumho MX may be the best-performing you can get for the money, designed to deliver levels of dry road performance maintaining good wet traction. The MX molds an advanced silica rubber compound into a tread pattern that sizeable, stable blocks to cornering traction and steering while four large and multiple directionally aligned grooves help resist and enhance wet traction. Internally, the wide steel belts are by spirally wound nylon cap to provide excellent strength, ride quality, and Y-speed (186 mph) capability, the sidewalls are tuned to resist deflection to provide handling and feedback. The MX has very high and when pushed beyond away with smooth and just the right amount of feedback.

Virtual World supplied the European front Measuring 90mm, it’s from the same tough as the 50mm stock piece. It perfect.

Virtual World supplied the European front Measuring 90mm, it’s f

The ideal size for the Corrado is a especially if you want to keep the happy with the same diameter. I accidentally ordered the size, a 215/40-17, and while I am happy with the car’s I’m usually going than indicated, and when the car is extreme loads they to rub. I will probably with the 205s, but right now having too much fun.

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From the project’s conception I had to use HR coilovers, a strategy based on the of Project GTI 16V. I chose HR I’m familiar with its superb build quality, of fitment and, most ride characteristics. The spring and shock valving are 25- to 30% stiffer the factory suspension, which is where I want the Corrado to be. Graef of HR once made the of choosing a suspension like you choose a bed. Most like a firm mattress, too hard nor too soft. Although folks like to sleep on or in hammocks, they remain a

It’s hard to believe the HR are off-the-shelf items; I don’t I could custom select a suspension. The Corrado’s entire has changed. Where there was there is now control; where was doubt, now reassurance. It’s a Zen Even engineering editor commented on the superb ride. and he everything. A bonus with the HR is that the rear coils are smaller than the stock Had I attempted to use the BBS wheels and MX tires the stock suspension, I would needed to run spacers to clear the springs and spring perches.

The stock brakes were in need of an overhaul, as evident by the stopping distance from 60 to 0 The original plan was to use Stoptech and rotors up front, which have given the binders far beyond the stock units. wheel choice became the Stoptech calipers call for a bit of offset and spoke clearance. It have worked with the SSR but, well, you know the

EBC came into play replacement rotors and its Green pads, which have specifically formulated to meet EU standards for replacement pads, a feat given the strict guidelines. EBC brake pads are the pads made with and the pad compound uses no carbon, so is minimal dust and what do shed is lightly colored. The coefficient of the EBC compound is 30- to 40% higher common pads, yet EBC claims wear is minimal. The Green pads are designed for the street or track activities with braking characteristics up to 550*C—pretty what the Corrado will The EBC rotors appear to be well-cast with grooves and multiple on the face to increase surface and bite. While a completely rotor may have even cooling capacity, they to live shorter lives, after a few months of usage. provided the stainless -steel lines to replace the flex-prone units.

Following the bedding-in procedure, we the car to the road and did a few shakedown runs. The EBC did indeed give the Corrado braking, both cold and repeated stops, and the pedal is hugely improved. Because of constraints, we were unable to test the EBC brakes, but I would be if they did not provide at least a 15- to 20% over the stock binders.

For chassis rigidity, I went to for its triangulated rear tie. I had one on the GTI and could feel the results Older cars tend to better to aftermarket chassis tie as their construction is not as tough as techniques provide. Like all Neuspeed fabricates, its rear tie bar is a of art, featuring a jewel-like high-quality fasteners and easy-to-follow The Neuspeed rear tie bar made its known immediately, silencing an rattle out back. Where it shines is in high-speed corners—one in comes to mind. It’s a right-hander with two dips through. If I do it just right, I can 88 mph before hard braking. the Neuspeed bar, the Corrado hit the first dip and tend to walk to the just in time to hit the next Now it remains totally flat—I even hit the second dip.

The last item added/replaced on Corrado was the front spoiler. The unit was replaced with a spoiler courtesy of Mike at Virtual World Parts. The spoiler is twice the size of the unit and is a direct replacement It looks awesome and is supple to take a serious beating.

Corrado is shaping up to be a wonderful In all honesty, it wasn’t that it was a great car from the start.

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