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      03-21-2013, 04:22 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by M3SQRD View Post
Damping cannot be used to adjust "steady state" cornering - need damper piston rod velocity to create damping forces.

Yes, you can adjust ride height to deal with specific "steady state" handling issues while at the track as well as sway bars to adjust other handling issues without requiring a complete alignment. It usually doesn't require huge changes in ride height to dial out, say, oversteer - if you lower the rear 1/4", while keeping the front height fixed (always work on the end that's lacking grip) you improve overall grip. I've worked with pro drivers at the track and, even after driving my car, they've recommended changes in only ride height.
err... most "pro drivers" can't adjust a car to save their life.

"pro drivers" will have an engineer to make those changes.

But no, ride height to increase grip? Maybe on a car with huge aero grip, but ride height alone won't change balance.