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Forum: S197 Handling Section 04-01-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Sam Strano
Sure. By the way, installed a set last...

Sure.

By the way, installed a set last night on an S197 replacing some Koni and Steeda Ultralights and some uber pricey camber plates. The ran the car, and ran it hard on the backroads here,...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 03-31-2016, 02:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Sam Strano
I'm not adverse to letting the rear rate out......

I'm not adverse to letting the rear rate out... I'm not going to do it for the world to see. I find that if you make a person have a discussion they are less likely to take the info and run. Still...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 03-31-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Sam Strano
I have the ST's. I've used them. I daily drive...

I have the ST's. I've used them. I daily drive a set in fact. And as I type this we are putting a set on a 2012. Spring rates.... Ahhh, the question everyone wants answered and then forms an...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 03-15-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Sam Strano
What do the factory race cars have in common? ...

What do the factory race cars have in common? Roll cages, that pickup the top shock mount on the rear. That's bracing the body in that location.

For what it's worth, I'll mention *again* that I...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 01-15-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Sam Strano
Rears are not coil-over shock, which is how most...

Rears are not coil-over shock, which is how most setups for the S197's are. They are a weight jacker setup. Spring on an adjustable height perch that sits at the stock location.

I prefer that...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 01-07-2016, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Sam Strano
You're welcome! Thanks for posting. And in fact...

You're welcome! Thanks for posting. And in fact I'm putting a set on my daily driver today (not a Mustang but a GTI, but that's beside the point). :)

I don't think there is better bang for...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-09-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By Sam Strano
Hey Punisher- I carry Hotchkis parts among...

Hey Punisher-

I carry Hotchkis parts among many others. I think I can recommend better but would have to talk to you about the use of the car, and what you really expect. Hotchkis stuff is nice...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-04-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 980
Posted By Sam Strano
Do you have caster lead? Is there more caster in...

Do you have caster lead? Is there more caster in the RF than the LF? That will cause a pull to the left.
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-04-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By Sam Strano
Have not checked in here lately, but I can help...

Have not checked in here lately, but I can help you with parts selection. I'll tell you that I'm not a big fan of too many "kits" because they are mostly about putting together stuff that's easy to...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-04-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Sam Strano
I sell a lot of different coil-overs. The...

I sell a lot of different coil-overs. The Eibach's are one I'd caution you against. The shocks aren't very good is the biggest reason.

I carry ST, KW, Ridetech, Eibach, H&R, Viking, and others. ...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 11-04-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,239
Posted By Sam Strano
You could put it on an alignment rack and see if...

You could put it on an alignment rack and see if the axle is bent and out of spec. But it's not likely and there won't be much if any negative camber in a stock axle unless it's bent.

What I...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 10-21-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,417
Posted By Sam Strano
Gene- Thanks for the write up, it is always...

Gene-

Thanks for the write up, it is always nice when folks take the time. Sounds like we hit the nail on the head :)
Forum: S197 Handling Section 02-18-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By Sam Strano
The biggest thing I'd tell you to get when...

The biggest thing I'd tell you to get when lowering are better shocks and struts.

As for the rest. Lots of opinions to be sure. My opinion is that you *NEED* nothing else, when you think of...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 02-18-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,059
Posted By Sam Strano
Yeah, I'm curious about what the OP is thinking...

Yeah, I'm curious about what the OP is thinking is "blown out". A clunk isn't always the strut, in fact it usually isn't. But changing a strut means taking things off and putting them on (and...
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-11-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,601
Posted By Sam Strano
http://www.stranoparts.com/partdetails.php?PartID=...

http://www.stranoparts.com/partdetails.php?PartID=485&CategoryID=64&ModelID=5

$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, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,601
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, 08:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,062
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, 12:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,157
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, 12:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,157
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, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,601
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, 04:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,157
Posted By Sam Strano
Thank you. I try. :)

Thank you. I try. :)
Forum: S197 Handling Section 12-09-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,415
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, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,601
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, 02:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,539
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, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,157
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...
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