AdBlock Warning

Parts of this website do not function properly with AdBlock enabled on your device. To get the best user experience on our website, please disable Adblock for this website (domain) on your browser.




Recommended Posts

what can i do to make my car stop doing this.... i have great tires and i dont wanna use aftermarket shocks cause i love the confort of oem... so under this parameters what do you people suggest? thanks 

i was thinking maybe wider tires could help but im afraid the handling would not be as crisp specially in the front...

thoughts? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Whether a car mainly understeers, oversteers or has more neutral handling is mainly due to weight distribution, front-to-back tire/wheel size and tire inflation.  Front engine cars with transmissions connected to their engines usually understeer.  Cars with rear engines and transmissions (e.g. RWD Porsche 911) are prone to oversteering.  Mid engine cars exist largely to provide more neutral handling allowing both understeering and oversteering at the control (and skill!) of the driver.  Some manufacturers (e.g. Alfa Romero) went so far as to use front engines and rear transaxles to get more neutral handling.

Aftermarket shock absorbers / dampers will not reduce understeer.  Different tires are not going to help either although some front engine vehicles (e.g. Lexus IS350) have larger tires and sometimes wider wheels on the back that somewhat reduce understeer.

I've driven several GS sedans similar to yours and remember them handling much like the LS400's I drove over a 24 year period.  They are not what I would call nimble but these are fairly large and heavy cars.  They handle quite well for what they are.

My main suggestion is to monitor your tire pressures.  Follow the placard on the driver door post and don't get carried away with too much pressure.  Be aware that tire pressure changes on its own about 1 psi for each 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature change.  I find myself adjusting tire pressures far more often in Winter than the rest of the year.  This being Winter and you being in Nebraska, I would hope you would be driving on winter tires on your GS if you are using it at all and would not be very concerned with handling.  Winter tires almost always have much worse dry traction than all-season and summer tires so one has to be careful to drive more carefully when using them.

My wife was born in Nebraska - Sioux Falls.  BRRR!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Similar Content

    • By ez12a
      Hey All,
      Just wanted to share some video DIYs i created when I did the 120k mile service on my GS350. 
      Here's how to replace spark plugs:
       
    • By AKAP
      Anyone with an LFA on the east coast want to do an LFA only meetup / drive event?
    • By galtom
      Hi All,
      I got (in Europe) US 2003 1st gen Rx300.
      About a year ago i have managed to change stereo from us (no navi) to UK version (with navi) and all was fine (bit os soldering was needed as plugs on both radios are different.
      However now my radio sometimes has no sound for few hours/days and after that plays fine for few hours/days.
      When I loose audio, under sound control I am missing  MID range control and although i can see Bass/Treble + Left/Right & Front/Back controls they don't work - no level visible.
      From what I understand it is an amplifier issue. I already got a new -second hand - one, but from UK market.
      Now, I can not find info what is the difference between:
      86100-48050 - US version and 86100-48040 UK version
      Also, (before I get to my amplifier) would any of you have pictures of sockets/plugs in US amplifier? 
      I could make sure my plugs will fit into UK amplifier before I unscrew everything.
      Thanks!
      I attached pictures of UK amplifier


    • By Andy_N
      Hi Guys,
      Couple weeks ago, my Lexus hybrid system light came on. I took the car to a  local Lexus dealer. They charged me $160 just to test the engine light and  told me to replaced my hybrid battery for $6,700. I am so broke I declined the replacement.  Last week, I opened the hybrid battery and tested all cells. Turns out all cells are fine. I reassembled the battery back in place and drove it for another week. Today while driving 70 mph on the highway the "warning hybrid light" comes on again  including check VSC, check ECB. Does anyone here has the same problem like it do? I know the battery is fine. Could the battery converter causing this problem?
      Any advise would be appreciated.
      Thank you.