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Default Improving Steering & Handling??

I would like to get my car to handle better...take turns with out it pulling in a turn. I have 17" tires, Hankook V12 in the front and MT drag radials in the back. The front tires have 5000 miles and smooth show wear on the outer edges. Mustang II front with a sway bar and a 9" ford w/ triangulated rear with a panard bar going center to pass side. Front shocks are adjustable and set in the middle, backs are set on the stiffest setting. So, what would make it handle better ....this is mostly street driven
What what be a great choice for 17" tires? We drive 5000 miles a year !
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I would like to get my car to handle better...take turns with out it pulling in a turn. I have 17" tires, Hankook V12 in the front and MT drag radials in the back. The front tires have 5000 miles and smooth show wear on the outer edges. Mustang II front with a sway bar and a 9" ford w/ triangulated rear with a panard bar going center to pass side. Front shocks are adjustable and set in the middle, backs are set on the stiffest setting. So, what would make it handle better ....this is mostly street driven
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What front springs do you have on the car?
What size sway bar?

Have you looked at the tubular replacements from Heidts or Global West?


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450 lb front/ 250 lb back ....7/8" or 1" sway bar
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Start with the basics. These are not Snap-Tite models. You can't just bolt them together and go. You have to spend more time tuning and adjusting the chassis than you do the engine.

Different type and brand of tires front and rear is rarely a good idea. I made that mistake once, and the handling was down right evil.

Your front tires are not wearing evenly. That means your alignment is off. Be sure and do a thrust angle alignment at the same time.

Setting the proper balance is important. Try and get your corner weights pretty close. Then set your shocks at about the same, front and rear. I'd start with a mid to soft setting, and adjust from there.

Also, disconnect your sway bars. Sway bars add wheel rate during uneven compression and expansion of the suspension. If your frequency is already high, sway bars will make it worse. Too much wheel rate makes a light weight car "darty" on irregular surfaces.
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Will get the book, any tire suggestions?
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I'm using Nitto 555's, and they seem to be a good all around tire.
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