<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>I keep hearing all of the praise for the "F" front bar because of its near neutral handling characteristics. Would someone explain to me why the "F" bar with its end-links and bushings is better reacting than the HA front bar with the double tie rods.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
The theory is that the smaller F-bar lends the car to be less understeer prone than the HA/HA combo. I ran the F/HA combo for a while, with stock springs, and it is QUITE neutral.
However, I think my current combo (with the stiffer GW front springs, stock rear springs) handles a good bit better despite being LESS oversteer biased than the F/HA combo with the stock springs. It is definitely more controllable.....
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>I have been under the assumption that the end links and bushings must first flex a little bit before they react with the bar . . is that true?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yes, although you can adjust preload on the endlinks to lessen this effect (namely, by tightening them beyond the 13 ft-lb stock factory spec). But, it will NOT be as direct a connection as the HA tierod setup.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>The reason I purchased the HA complete setup was that the solid connections made more sense to me. The fact that there was a Group Purchase of around 30 people didn't hurt either <hehehe><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Good reason [img]smile.gif[/img]
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>If the "F" bar had the better tie rod ends (which are also greasable), I might consider changing.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
It doesn't. With stock springs, I'd stick with what you have now.....
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>I also don't hear anything about Herb Adams new design that he did for SLP. I believe it also has the double tie rods . .did that ever materialize?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
It did, with a matching 35mm rear bar.
Unfortunately, SLP made the (bad) decision to price themselves right out of the market with a $700 ($700!!!) pricetag on the set!
Needless to say, with alternatives that handled as well (or better) for a LOT less $$$, they didn't sell many sets and to the best of my knowledge have discontinued them.