so here is the end result...photo shoot pending.
i took the car out and put her through a series of tests before i could stamp this as a done deal. first tests were tight turns in the canyons at normal speeds, second test was stopping power/brake test (also had drilled and slotted rotors installed), and third test was high speed turns (secluded 3 lane highway with a race track feel, quick lefts and rights.)
when i first rolled out, of course you hear the new parts talk to you, whispers from the new brakes, squealing from the springs during cornering, the movement of the wheels causing pings here and there, but keeping mental note of all these things are from settling. i put about a good 60 miles on my car after they gave me the keys, and im still not done running her!
in the canyons, while taking turns tight with a little bit of G-force, i noticed how the body performs. absolutely no roll, instead of feeling like the car is sliding outward in a high speed turn, it feels like its buckling down and digging in, so to say. this is where i would hear the squealing of the springs i mentioned, at first i thought it was my tires rubbing from my shocks bottoming out, but i noticed i could only hear it, and not feel it in the floor boards. next set of turns i performed the same maneuver as the last set of turns, i didnt have to make any adjustments for over or under steering as everything just seemed to stick (body roll in stock height would cause the need for steering adjustments.) through this set, the squealing was noticeably different, and it felt like with each turn, it was helping everything get settled in their new home. by the end of the canyon, the squealing was gone, to be sure, i made a couple of u-turns, very little noise, and i continued on.
next was the hard brake test. before i installed these new rotors, my steering wheel would shake under breaking, i had been dealing with it for so long that it was immediately noticeable the first time i applied the brakes coming to a red light. what a relief, glad that it wasnt something more serious ($$$) seriously. first test was a gradual deceleration from 45 to 0. i could feel a nice and even grip in the peddle when applied, and jumped it up to a frantic stop simulation from 60 zero, with a slight steering adjustment during braking, left and right. (this is where the brakes really show their teeth.) i push the brakes and simulate a slight deviation, left... then right... before coming to a stop. (im talking a couple degrees, not a quarter rotation)
i still wanted to maintain my forward momentum, and also see if i needed to maneuver, i would be able to. it all happened so fast, it is going to take longer to type it all out then if i had it on a video. when i turned left, i could feel the car make the proper corrections to prevent the brakes from locking, as well as the stability control kicking in to prevent the loss of even traction. the same thing happened when i eased the wheel over to the right a couple of degrees. it felt like the tires were pulsing rapidly to keep the car in full control shifting its power from the left to right upon my steering adjustments. in no time, seemed like 2 maybe 2.5 seconds we were stopped. (not actual time) i turned off the stability control and tried to make the tires spin while applying the brakes but no dice, tires wouldn't spin, upon releasing the brake, the car would inch forward. brakes are working great!
everything up to this point was in control and worked excellent, no complaints, no major issues, green flag for the next tests.
last test; lane control. what i mean by that is MY LANE not the ones painted on the ground. there is a very discreet 3 lane highway (one way) that is perfect proving grounds for a test like this. starting in the middle lane (Home Lane), i sweep left and right to take the turns. by this time the squealing, whispering, pinging, and all that good stuff has been hush hush. this whole test has been conducted under radio silence and now its time to open her up a bit and have some fun. :AC/DC-Thunderstruck: comes on and away we go. handling turns at pace (speed limit 65) is amazing, so amazing that my female passenger was sliding out of her seat, she literally looked over at me, smiled and said, "I'm falling out of my seat."
"Wait! Do You Hear That?" (that's the sound of 256 horses making the panties drop!) sorry, that's a little bit of V6 humor for you, but i digress...
from left to right, 65-80mph, the car never once gave a hint of letting go of its grip. i know, i know... its still too soon to tell, which is why im not done testing her out yet. i cant have parts "settle in" by just sitting there and let gravity do what it does, i need to be out on the road, "smashing it in." its the only way ill know if anything is wrong, and know how much is sooooooo right! today.... superbowl?? dvr that **** or ill listen to it in the car. im working!
p.s. when i returned home after these tests, i noticed a huge difference in the ride height. before the tests i was able to see more of a gap, now it looks like the car is sitting on the tires. very pleased with everything! i think im going to need to tackle the sound system next.