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      Winter Changeover on my '06 - Tires, Suspension Rise, Sway Bar Disconnect, Air Intake

      Winter is upon us, I'm now in Southern Ontario for winter and have decided to try out a unique setup for winter including the following:

      -general altimax typical whateva all season cheapos all around, but 185/70/R14's on front 185/60/R14's on rear
      -retire CAI until spring and re-connect the SRI from way back when so I don't freeze my throttle body (have it somewhere tbf)
      -disconnect the front sway bar (keeping the rear tho') and remove endlinks (to be replaced with new ones next spring)
      -raise the front coil-overs to level the car (my setup has some rake, i think even the bigger tires won't raise enough)
      -re-alignment after its all done

      I think this will be a really fun winter setup - theres no need for the sway bar, smaller front tires, the better acceleration, braking, etc. in winter. All that is bounded by lack of traction, last time I had 185/70's I found second and third gear just more useable, so it will be interesting to try it out again.

      Btw my car again pulls to the right upon acceleration, pulls to the left upon braking - last time this was caused by the drivers side control arm bushing working its way out of its spot causing movement in the control arm triangulation. I haven't looked at it up on the hoist yet, but I wonder if its that same bushing again. The car was run pretty tough on the west coast twisties this year, so I wouldn't be surprised.

      Hoping to get most of this done within a week, the alignment session is at another shop, hopefully within two weeks. I'll post back to document how the change feels.


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      Got the car back from the shop today - first off handling issue fixed!! It was just the drivers side outer tie rod causing the issue (and the worn out tires too prob), the control arm is holding up fine, so good to know.

      Fronts have Grand Prix Tour RS 185/70/R14 88T M&S
      Rears have General Altimax RT43 185/60/R14 82H M&S

      With the sway bar disconnected the car is much plusher of a drive lol and it still corners fine on account of the rear sway bar still being connected. Independent front suspension soaks up crappy pavement really well! The endlinks I have are still the same ones rabbit sold me years back so they will be replaced next summer with new hardware.

      I just went from 185/55 series tires on the front that were very worn out, so pretty much the smallest tire any Aveo could have on the drives, to 185/70 series - a huge step up in size giving a 1.1" higher sidewall (and lift), and 10% larger circumference (less torque). Its noticeable in many aspects - from roll-ons to the speedometer now being accurate (lol its been off by 10% for years), to even the clutch friction zone being worked a bit more when starting off from a stop, and dumping the clutch between shifts.

      Didn't get a chance to go for a good test drive on account of too much traffic, but I will take it out on the highway later on tonight. So the coil-overs were raised a bit too even with the 1.1" lift from the tires and now the car is level which will get some taking used to as I'm used to the rake. My lights are always aimed low so they don't need adjusting. All in all super stoked on the setup. Its not winter tires, which I've run for the past many years so I am anxious to take a run out after the next snow storm and do some lock ups and under-steer tests.

      Next up is to convert from CAI to SRI, oil and filter change, and then off to another shop for the alignment check. I'll do a follow up post after that
      Took a few pics when arriving home: (geez time for some body work and new paint job me-thinks)
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