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Reference Thread: SUSPENSION, CHASSIS, AND HANDLING TOPICS (links)

This thread is the clearinghouse for all suspension and chassis-related discussions, as well as general handling discussions. Please post links down in thread and we'll try to add them as appropriate.


Suspension & Handling



General Maxima Handling Mod site:

http://maxmods.dyndns.org/index.php?MaximaHandling


5th Gen Suspension Sticky with spring rates, reviews, etc. (DrKlop):

http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=449807


Basic suspension info sites that I've used:

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-suspension.htm
http://www.chris-longhurst.com/carbi...ion_bible.html


Mike Kojima's sites and articles:
http://www.sentra.net/tech/garage/su...03b4e55cb53e0b
Making It Stick Parts 1-3 - http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=413359 (credit to Bejay1)
Making It Stick Part 4 - http://www.whiteline.com.au/articles..._Align4_01.htm

Making it Stick (all installments):

http://forums.maxima.org/advanced-su...ified-mag.html

Oversteer and Understeer Corrections:
http://rogerkrausracing.com/overundr.html


Tire Pressure and Handling:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=58
http://www.team-integra.net/sections...?ArticleID=398


Effects of Suspension Changes:
http://www.s2000.org/articles/suspension/


Site with all kinds of good suspension/handling info:
http://www.whiteline.com.au/default..../reviews03.htm


Chassis Foam Filling Discussions:
http://doug.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=477927
http://www.sportcompactcarweb.com/pr..._300zx_part_5/


Maxima Spring Rate Reference Guide (Irish44J & Others):
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=477500


Lower Tie Bars (LTB) - What are they and who sells them:
http://www.mattblehm.com/suspension.htm

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All Energy Suspension products for 5th Gens (Polo)
http://www.digitalpolo.com/2002Maxim...rgySuspension/


Lower control arm (LCA) installation (Hnda Etr)
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.p...er+control+arm


Struts and springs, 5th Gen and possibly 4th Gen (Housecor)
http://www.innerbean.com/housecor/strut_install.html


Checking and fixing suspension noises, 5th Gen and possible 4th Gen (Housecor)
http://www.innerbean.com/housecor/su...on_noises.html


Inner Tie Rod Ends (not sure what this guy's .Org name is):
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/348507/13


Rear Anti-Sway Bar for 4th and 5th Gens (RSB):
Stillen RSB - http://www.greghome.com/Greg%27s%20G...StillenRSB.htm
Addco/Progress RSB - http://www.moodym.com/maxima/tech/addcorsb.html


Front Strut Tower Brace for 4th and 5th Gens (FSTB):
http://www.greghome.com/Greg%27s%20G...tillenFSTB.htm


Re-centering the rear beam after lowering (Larrio):
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=465329 (post 18 onwards)


Steering Rack Replacement:
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=473923 (Kevlo)
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=364766 (I30krab)


Custom Sentra RSTB (JSutter):
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=321967

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Other Discussions/Reviews:


K Sport Coilover Thread (d00df00d):
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=406790


Boss Chen Coilover Discussion (krmaxima):
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=461186


5th Gen Coilover Spring Rate Discussion (blackmaxx96):
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=442798


Tein H-tech vs Eibach Comparison (Irish44J):
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=477358


Tein H-tech vs Maxspeeds Comparison (Irish44J:
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=470142
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=471572


Housecor's 5th Gen Polls:
Springs - http://doug.maxima.org/old.php?t=281194
Struts - http://doug.maxima.org/oldthreadthread.php?t=281189
Bumpstops - http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=291334


Improving The Rear Beam (BlackbirdVQ):
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=421885


Wheel Offset and Handling (DrKlop):
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=470027


Rear Sway Bar Evaluation and Rear Suspension Information (SPiG & Puppetmaster)
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=346336
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=428192
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=412478


Traction Bar discussions (JClaw):
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=417318
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=456833


Custom SFC Discusson:
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=477474


Supplemental LTB install guide and review (dko):
http://www.vqpower.com/v2/modules.ph...howpage&pid=72
http://www.vqpower.com/v2/modules.ph...wcontent&id=18

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Vendor/Sponsor Sites


BlehmCo (includes information for Z32 BBK, 6th Gen BBK, LTB, etc):
http://www.mattblehm.com


Energy Suspension (listing of ES polyurethane bushings for Maximas):
http://www.suspension.com/nissancars.htm



6th Gen Mod Links

RSB, FSTB, Springs, Struts, Coilovers, Etc:
http://forums.maxima.org/oldpost.php...9&postcount=12


5th Gen Mod Links

RSB, FSTB, Springs, Struts, Etc:
http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=449807

Coilovers:
http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=442798


4th Gen Mod Links


3rd Gen Mod Links

RSTB, LTB, endlinks, etc:
http://www.mattblehm.com/suspension.htm

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Thank you SPRINT

Thank you, I am so happy to see that this happened,

any way I think this thread would be useful for any one looking into buying a new suspension, these guys really helped me out.

http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=475855
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Puppetmaster, what do you think of this?

This page got lots of interesting suspension articles:

http://www.whiteline.com.au/default..../reviews03.htm
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Originally Posted by DrKlop
Puppetmaster, what do you think of this?

This page got lots of interesting suspension articles:

http://www.whiteline.com.au/default..../reviews03.htm
Added... thanks. Wasn't sure what to call it though since it was so diverse.


So no one has any opinions on my classification of the links? I guess we'll just leave it as it is for now.
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Sport Compact Car: Making it Stick Part III (July 05) - Detrimental Effects of OVERLOWERING

http://www.nissanclub.com/forums/nis...-part-iii.html
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OK here are some helpful 6th Gen suspension links...

Suspension:
#2 FSTB (Front Strut Tower Brace)
#3 RSB (Rear Sway Bar)
#4 Coilovers
#5 Lowering Springs
#6 Adjustable Struts/Shocks

Additional 6th Gen suspension links:
Koni Front Struts/ KYB AGX Rear Shocks
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=374585

RacingLine Endlinks
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=473375&page=2
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Re-Centering the rear beam after lowering
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=465329

Post #18 and on
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Steering Rack Replacement
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=473923 (Kevlo)
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=364766 (I30krab)

Rear Sway Bar Evaluation and Rear Suspension Information
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=346336
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=428192

Making it Stick from Sport Compact Car
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=413359 (Bejay)

Custom Sentra RSTB
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=321967 (JSutter)

P.S. I want to thank the admins for putting this up. I really hope this forums brings a lot of information and discussion to the more advanced suspension modiifcation and not the normal lowering threads.
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Came across this, might be helpful is for 5th gen's


http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=337093

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Oooh... look what I found for brakes...

Tech articles:

http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/te...e_papers.shtml

Topics are:

Brake Technology

* The Physics of Braking Systems NEW
* Brake Bias and Performance: Why Brake Balance Matters
* Brake Systems and Upgrade Selections
* Rear Brake Upgrades, Is Bigger Really Better?
* ABS and Big Brake Kits Fundamentals, Impacts, and Real-World Solutions
* Formulas for Vehicle Braking Dynamics

Understanding Braking Experiences

* The "Warped" Brake Disc and Other Myths of the Braking System
* Pad Knockback: A Common Racing Phenomenon

Technical Guides

* Brake Pedal Setup and Dual Master Cylinder Installation Guide NEW
* Pad and Rotor Bed-In Theory, Definitions and Procedures NEW
* Removal of Uneven Pad Deposits From Rotors Using Aggressive Friction Compounds
* How to Bleed Brakes - The Right Way
* Bleeding ABS, is it really as hard as it sounds?

Braking System Components

* Brake Fluid 1A
* Monobloc Versus Two Piece Calipers
* Stainless Steel Brake Lines Q&A
* Brake Proportioning Valves: The True Story of a Misunderstood, Misused and Misnamed Brake System Component

Glossary

* Glossary of Braking Terminology


They also have FAQs (but ignore all the StopTech products and WRX questions):

http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/faqs.shtml



I'll update the categories when I have more time later... keep em coming guys.
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Originally Posted by chernmax
I think that is exactly what needs to be done to streamline and reduce search times...
Actually, now that I think about it, this was supposed to be an ADVANCED Handling Forum. I'm still struggling with where to draw the line as far as the links go, since the generation specific forums suffice for basic suspension upgrades and how-tos. We'll leave all our basic generation links in this thread for now, but I doubt they belong in the main categories just yet.

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Just an FYI... the only difference between 3,4,5,6 gen front brakes is the rotor/caliper size and the bolt size.. 3 and 4 gens use a 12mm bolt. 5 and 6 gens use a 14mm bolt.

so you could simply drill a 3/4 gen knuckle to 14mm bolts and bolt up any brake system from a 5/6 gen.

Thus, anything to do with the front brakes need not be gen-specific. anything that will fit on a 3 gen will fit on a 6 gen.

the rear brakes are much more complicated as they are different between 3, 4/5, and 6 gen. (4/5 gen use the same rear brakes). so there's some differences there. otherwise the theory and parts are the same for all maxima brake systems.
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Here are some threads about JClaw's traction bars for 4th gens. He is obviously selling them via the threads but they are also good sources of info on a great mod:

http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=417318
http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=456833
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FYI, I've added more links to threads with info on Z32 brakes for 4th through 6th Gens. Feel free to point out more good ADVANCED threads out there, thanks.
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modified....brake topics moved to other sticky.
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wat happened to the maxmods.dyndns.org website?? the link isnt working... is there another website similar to it??
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You can check www.archive.org for archived pages. I know MaxMods is on there. I think the site is dead now, though. The guy who started it sold his Maxima a year or two ago so he wasn't maintaining it.
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ok ppl i got 4th gen max now i got to choises tein springs from a 240 or adjustable coilovers sooo i need to know wich one look batter and make my car lower ???? plz help me reply back on my aim plz
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ok ppl i got 4th gen max now i got to choises tein springs from a 240 or adjustable coilovers sooo i need to know wich one look batter and make my car lower ???? plz help me reply back on my aim plz
Old thread but OK, what type of coilovers and how many adjustment points? Lowering springs will bring your ride down depending on the drop advertised where as coilovers give you an option for multiply heights and adjustments. The trade off with coilovers is normally a stiffer ride and if you live in an area with smooth roads, you'll love them, if you live someplace with sh*tty roads you're going to feel a lot more of the shock vibration throughout the car on bumps, etc. Normally quality coilovers are the overall best for performance handling improvement...

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okay so ive got a 2004 i35 allready bought some 20's but hate the way it sits factory the front is higher what my best route for lowering it? to make it sit perfect??
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Alright i know some of you guys are going to hate me for bringing back an ancient thread, BUT in my defence it is to help fix some of these links.


for every link that you see that says http://doug.maxima.org change that to http://forums.maxima.org and the link will work, for example http://doug.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=406790 should be changed to http://forums.maxima.org/oldthread.php?t=406790 and it will work again
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Old thread but OK, what type of coilovers and how many adjustment points? Lowering springs will bring your ride down depending on the drop advertised where as coilovers give you an option for multiply heights and adjustments. The trade off with coilovers is normally a stiffer ride and if you live in an area with smooth roads, you'll love them, if you live someplace with sh*tty roads you're going to feel a lot more of the shock vibration throughout the car on bumps, etc. Normally quality coilovers are the overall best for performance handling improvement...
240sx springs work? In New Zealand we donít have the 240 itís a 200sx/Silvia, so Iíd be safe to get springs from one of those? And is that factory springs or aftermarket? And which model? S13/14/15?
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