I guess I now write for Jalopnik?

*Note this has been resolved. Jalopnik, Opposite lock and Garrett Davis have all handled this with the utmost professionalism and respect.*

I recently read an article on Jalopnik covering different myths about brakes and rotors; when only a paragraph in, I realized there seemed to be a striking similarity between the Jalopnik article written for their Opposite lock section by Garrett Davis and my own.

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Why new cars tend to handle better than older cars

I think few would argue against that old cars have more character and are simply cooler than modern cars; but the performance of modern cars is undeniable even though they are bigger and weigh more than ever. So how is it that all of these modern sports cars (and many non-sports cars) that tip the scales at 3500lbs+ (even over 4000lbs!) drive and handle so much better than light cars of the past?

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A perfectly timed shot – the car was doing close to 100mph in this photo.
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A funny thing about exotics…

If you ever see an older exotic car at a show, like a Murcielago or early 2000’s Ferrari, take a look at the manufacture date on the tires.  A funny thing with these cars is that its fairly rare for people to put many miles on them, and therefore, their tires never ‘wear out’. Furthermore, lets face it, virtually all of the people that own these cars are not ‘car people’ and don’t care enough to replace tires anyway. So, it ends up being that many of these cars have the factory tires which are possibly now over 10 years old and are as hard as hockey pucks. Maybe that’s why there’s so many lame accidents with exotics…

Dealing with tuners

Last fall, I took my project car to a tuner to have it tuned on a dyno. I learned quite a few things during the process that I think anyone interested in getting a tune should know before going. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to maximize your time with the tuner and get a better result.

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The type of dyno I was on was a Dynapack Dyno which is compact and doesn’t use rollers.

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Linear vs progressive rate springs

We are lucky to live in a time that has so many options available for upgrading a suspension. There are so many companies that make high performance components like coilover system, springs and shocks; and they are made for pretty much any application. It is possible now (though, for a price) to simply go online and order a set of 3-way adjustable dampers that are built for your car and are ready to install when you get them. Just a few years ago, such a shock (damper) was only reserved for professional racing and had to be custom valved and built for your application. But, with all these choices, you need to be educated to make a decision to find what’s best for you. In this post, I would like to focus on springs.

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