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I just bought my 2006 S60 FWD. I love the horses but not the handling. I've seen a bunch of products out there from the different tuners and performance parts stores. What is the best set up to give overall tighter more responsive car, escpically during cornering. Of course price and quality (brand) are also important. Some parts that come to my mind are Springs/Shocks Struts, Sways/links, camber kits. Brands that come to mind are Koni, Bilstein, Heico, Eibach etc...<p>First hand experience is also important to me. What is your current suspension setup and how much would you say it increased your current performance handling capabilities as compared to stock.
 

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Re: 2006 S60 T5 FWD Suspension (toxin321)

My current setup is stock shocks with eibach springs. I am almost 100% on good paved highway and the ride is excellent. It is too harsh, however, for city driving.<p>I also have evolve springs on my S60 (also with the stock setup-it is a 2006, so suspension should be the same.) The ride is more compliant and not harsh at all. The '06 s60 has 18" wheels also, so I was surprised by how much more comfortable the ride was in the city than my wagon. I am not sure what part of this difference is the improved factory suspension and what part is the different springs. <p>The drop was about the same on both and looks nice (doesn't look slammed, just nice and low!)<p>I have had sway bars on some of my previous car and I highly recommend them. Great way to clean up the handling. I'll be getting them soon for my wagon.<p>I have heard (but no first hand knowledge) that the bilstein coilovers are good. Maybe someone can give us a review of that setup.
 

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i don't have an s60 but right now, i'm running kw variant 2's on my v50. I'm eventually going to be tracking this car. The way it is now, i've got the back shocks set to hard and the fronts at about 50%. I tried going hard front and rear but the car understeers too much. I'm hoping the sway bar i ordered from ipd will correct it so I can eventually go all hard front and rear. As for the ride, depends on how stiff you can handle. The car handles pretty nicely right now. I can whip around a right turn doing about 50 km/h before my stock tires start squeeling and breaking loose in the back; however, driving around on normal roads, i feel EVERY SINGLE bump... if the bump I hit is bigger than 2-3 cm, i can feel it.<p>hope this helps! good luck!
 

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Re: 2006 S60 T5 FWD Suspension (toxin321)

setup and comments:<p>ride quality tweaks:<br>evolve progressive springs - still comfy but you can corner like hell and the car feels solidy planted.<p>bilstein HD struts/shocks - smooths things out a lot, can keep up with sport springs. nice feel in town, nice feel on smooth highway, really bad on bumpy highway (i.e. not quite matched to the sudden coil and recoil over bumps at highway speeds) <p>handling tweaks:<br>The biggest change in handling for my 60 came from adding a strut brace. Bye bye understeer. Car feels much more nimble when steering.<p>Changing to larger sway bars helped the back end handling a lot but didn't do much for the front. <br>-with stock bars rear end wiggled like a fish tail on fast turns (i.e. 130kph)<br>-with upgraded bars the back end stays planted and stable <p>
 

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Re: 2006 S60 T5 FWD Suspension (toxin321)

The Eibach springs and IPD sways go on my ride tomorrow. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> I'll let you know what kind of a difference they make! <p>Edit: <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> If you complain about the ride in a Miata, this isn't for you, as the ride over rough roads is harsher. Highway driving isn't much worse, though.<p>This is the way the T5 should have been built from the start. No more delay when I yank on the steering wheel -- it just goes where I want it, without body roll. Absolutely worth it! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by VTT5 at 6:33 PM 8-4-2006</i>
 
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