Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
In my front suspension research, I recall seeing somewhere a mention of longer ball joints, but they just said "better" performance without any explanation. This explanation makes sense in concept, however I wonder what the magnitude difference is? On the public roads, reducing understeer gives good driving feel at the compromise of understeer in all conditions (transitioning to understeer in most conditions), but transitioning too far into oversteer is bad. For a driver who has some understanding of vehicle dynamics (or at least what to do in an oversteer situation), this is an acceptable risk, but for someone who drives a car, truck and van all the same and throws their hands in the air, stomps on the brakes and screams "save me" anytime the car does not go in a predictable path, you can understand why manufacturers err on the side of understeer in all conditions (to keep the lawsuits at a minimum).
QA1 offers various length studs in their ball joints - FYI (looks like Southside is a QA1 distributor, maybe that's where I saw it?).
Interesting that they don't offer lower front control arms?