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Went and had a 4-wheel hi-performance alignment today (which BTW fixed the camber problem I had written about in another thread) at SoulSpeed Performance http://www.soulspeed.com/ at the suggestion of my buddy with the highlhy modded M3. End result, I highly recommend them.

The owner, Bill Kim, even talked me out of buying the whiteline sway bar until there is a matching set for front and rear. He said at the track (TWS), a single rear sway bar (even on the softest setting) will likely result in snap-spins happening on fast cutbacks at high speed when the suspension transitions from fully loaded to unloaded as you switch back. In a front engine, AWD drive car he said you need a thicker bar up from than in the rear, so until there is a matching set, he talked me OUT of buying it.

He said he knows a bunch of ricers (16yo pimply faced kids as he called them) swear by them, and a single rear sway bar set on the firmest setting is fun for showing off. But in the real world of hi-speed corners like at TWS (70-100mph), it will result in a highly tweaky feel and could easily lead to the snap-spin he mentioned. Hearing that and seeing his numerous SCCA/IMSA trophies (Tirerack.com sponsored one of his cars) on the wall, I'll take him at his word!

Anyone in the Austin area with and MS6 looking for a performance upgrade, I highly recommend them. Did a great job aligning my car today and will get my biz for future upgrades (springs, cat-back, sway bars once there's a set) and he has a large clientele of Evo's, WRX's, Porsches and BMW's.

I was happy to hear I was his first MS6 :drive:
 

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Hmm, I guess I could be considered a ricer since I do kinda want a more oversteering vehicle, since I doubt I'm going to be doing many 80-100 mph sweepers anytime soon (or atleast on a track). I think most of the people that bought the whiteline sway bar are auto-xer's just looking to decrease the huge amount of understeer (like myself). He does make good points about having a full set though. Thanks for the insite!
 

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Hmm, I guess I could be considered a ricer since I do kinda want a more oversteering vehicle, since I doubt I'm going to be doing many 80-100 mph sweepers anytime soon (or atleast on a track). I think most of the people that bought the whiteline sway bar are auto-xer's just looking to decrease the huge amount of understeer (like myself). He does make good points about having a full set though. Thanks for the insite!
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Oh I agree, our car is understeer happy. And I don't think he was trying to be an ass with the "ricer" comment. Believe he was making the point that drifting and making hi-speed manuvers require two different suspension set ups, as well as driving styles.

Being he knows I'm going to TWS in a month, that's why he dissuaded me from pulling the trigger on the single bar. I can totally see them working well for ATXing.

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Awesome find on the austin shop. I was wondering where I could go. I'll have to check the store out sometime.

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btw - I live basically next to you. I live in Hutto.
 

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Awesome find on the austin shop. I was wondering where I could go. I'll have to check the store out sometime.

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btw - I live basically next to you. I live in Hutto.
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Cool, just down the newly opened SH45 - love that toll way!!!

As to the shop, the only thing sorta negative I have to say is that their labor rate is pretty pricey; $78 an hour. Judging from the number of people doing $10K worth of work there, I'd say it's probably worth it!
 

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yeah, without giving too much away, i hoped on the toll as soon as it opened (like within an hour) and had some fun all by myself on a large, newly constructed, flat toll way. LOL
 

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Always looking for a reputable shop. Their prices look reasonable too. Thanks for the info.
 
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