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.