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Old 09-30-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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hey guys i was wondering im looking for a nice suspension set up after market because i am looking at taking my saturn sl1 to a track day i was wondering if you had any suggestions on things that have worked for you... i would like something that i can lower my car and is a bit stiffer... my 100% dream would be for a fully adjustable to where i can change toe and camber as well as ride hight and stiffness... however this is just a dream because i am just a poor college kid so cost is a bit of a problem

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Old 09-30-2013, 01:17 AM   #2
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First, an SL2's suspension is setup stiffer. You could find the rollbars off of an S(L,C,W)2 and install them on your SL1.

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Old 09-30-2013, 05:45 AM   #3
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Quite a few "auto-x"er's like the SL1 front sway bar while adding a rear sway bar idea.
H&R Sport Springs = ~$210
GR-2 Struts = ~$200 for all 4
Front strut mounts = ~$100
Reuse the rear strut mounts and all bellows & bump stops.
4 wheel Alignment = ~$80, preference seems to be between -1.5 and -2 camber on the front, -1 camber on the rear and zero toe in/out. Factory specs will work fine as well, these will just enhance cornering ability a bit...as well as adding a bit of inside tire wear to the front.

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thank you very much for the help... my setup that i want is -2 camber and -.125 toe for the fronts

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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Fetchitfido, is that preferred so the car rotates more easily? I'm wanting to get in the autocross scene (among others) once I can get a second Saturn

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I'm not sure exactly why but I assume it allows a bit more weight transfer to the front or helps keep all 4 wheels on the ground during hard cornering. Been mentioned quite a few times in the past.

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thank you very much for the help... my setup that i want is -2 camber and -.125 toe for the fronts
Out of the box the saturn has limited camber adjustment. -2 camber will involve either a new strut mounting bracket or drilling of the strut/knuckle joint.

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