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Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-11-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By Sam Strano
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$425.99. I can charge you more if you like. But honestly, the point of being a sponsor on sites like this is to help...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-11-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By Sam Strano
Struts and shocks. They are called dampers in...

Struts and shocks. They are called dampers in the rest of the world, because that's their job. We are the oddballs. Anyway, most cars have no axle dampers, including the S197, only the Fox and...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-10-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By Sam Strano
The person who ultimately has to make that...

The person who ultimately has to make that decision is you. Do I prefer adjustable dampers? HELL YES. There is only one car I don't have them on, and that's my winter beater E36 that is never on...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-10-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 519
Posted By Sam Strano
A Watts link is a lateral locating device,...

A Watts link is a lateral locating device, nothing else. It's not going to help a wheelhop issue on launch, etc. It will make the back of the car a lot more planted over bumps and more stable when...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-10-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 519
Posted By Sam Strano
I don't want to clutter up the thread and derail...

I don't want to clutter up the thread and derail the OP's review. Happy to talk to you about the options and the pro's/con's of each if you like. Best by phone for there are many little details...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-10-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By Sam Strano
Greg- No problem, this is what I do for...

Greg-

No problem, this is what I do for folks all day, every day. :) I understand budget and wants, and sometimes I have had reel folks in from going crazy. Think of me as you experienced...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-09-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 519
Posted By Sam Strano
Thank you. I try. :)

Thank you. I try. :)
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-09-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By Sam Strano
I don't have an iPhone but would imagine that...

I don't have an iPhone but would imagine that ProClipUSA has a mount.... that's what I use in my cars for my Galaxy Tab 3 for my SoloStorm data logger. I have one in my truck and C5 for my phone as...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-09-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By Sam Strano
I think I'd go about this differently. The most...

I think I'd go about this differently. The most responsible item for the way the car feels and rides and drives will the dampers. Stock aren't very good, even when new. Add 100k miles and...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-09-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By Sam Strano
Blue Loctite. A decent set of spring...

Blue Loctite. A decent set of spring compressors. A nice battery powered impact is handy to have. I've had a lot of them and silly as it might sound my favorite is the Craftsman C3 1/2" drive unit.
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-09-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 519
Posted By Sam Strano
I've been telling folks for years now that a...

I've been telling folks for years now that a Watts link makes a big difference vs. a PHB. But there are those that still deny it... those that haven't tried.

I carry the Whiteline as well as a...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-05-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By Sam Strano
Um, sure.. if you want to call me I'm sure I can...

Um, sure.. if you want to call me I'm sure I can find something to tell you.... But it's not something I'd want to do in type (not a good way to discuss detail).
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-04-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By Sam Strano
No you don't need new ones. But you DO need to...

No you don't need new ones. But you DO need to make sure you use Loctite and aren't shy about it. The bolts are fine, the nylock nuts don't hold well after on and off without Loctite. And torque...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-03-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By Sam Strano
Most things well on the way Robert. Including...

Most things well on the way Robert. Including wheels. The last thing will be the swaybar set. I had one front in stock, but Desiree had sold the last rear I had when we spoke. I have more being...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-03-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By Sam Strano
That's an electrical gremlin, which are not...

That's an electrical gremlin, which are not uncommon with 5.0 S197's. Mine had major issues with power loss until a key cycle (that tore up the cats badly too). Ford never could fix it. I know of...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-03-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By Sam Strano
Yep, none of those things helped. More braking...

Yep, none of those things helped. More braking power. Grip was down vs. new tires, or even the same tires with more temps. The tire itself is not as warm in terms of carcass temp which makes it...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-02-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 512
Posted By Sam Strano
This won't be your typical answer.... ...

This won't be your typical answer....

Let's start with how the car behaves, and what you'd like it do better. Then we can figure out what's a good next step. I have some thoughts looking at...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-01-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By Sam Strano
"ice mode" is one of the most overly blamed...

"ice mode" is one of the most overly blamed things for braking mistakes ever. Yes, it happens, and when it does you get about .3g maximum braking. But it only happens the car seems something it...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-01-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,311
Posted By Sam Strano
I'm glad you are pleased with the recommendations...

I'm glad you are pleased with the recommendations and the products. I try hard to make sure folks get what they need (even if it's not what they think they want, I'm a terrible salesman in that...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-01-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By Sam Strano
None the less it matters a LOT when we talk about...

None the less it matters a LOT when we talk about feel that we understand that generic term can mean lots of things to different people. I get "I want my car to handle better" about 100 times a day....
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-28-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,311
Posted By Sam Strano
Let's just say this. Every car I own that there...

Let's just say this. Every car I own that there are Ferodo's for, I use them. They are great pads. If you drive them normally they act normal, you might even forget you have killer pads because...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-28-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,311
Posted By Sam Strano
That's like asking "what about a Ford", there are...

That's like asking "what about a Ford", there are many different pads compounds, etc. Frankly Carbotech seem to work ok, but are nothing special. I can't run them all, and really have no reason to...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-28-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,311
Posted By Sam Strano
The Ferodo's are AWESOME pads. The only time...

The Ferodo's are AWESOME pads. The only time I've ever had the peep is after beating the hell out of them on track, and then it's still less than some pads out of the box. And that noise is always...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-28-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By Sam Strano
Uh, steering feel and balance are not the same...

Uh, steering feel and balance are not the same thing. Maybe he meant balance but considering the EPAS on the newer cars and how it "feels" I'd not be shocked if he just didn't like the steering...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-28-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By Sam Strano
Call me. This is right in my wheelhouse. ...

Call me. This is right in my wheelhouse. http://www.stranoparts.com/videos.php You'll find lots of video's of both autocrossing and track days in various cars I've had (or have) from Mustangs to...
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