Okay guys – here’s something that hopefully will make your life a lot easier. The R32 has a funky double wishbone setup which offers lots of steering lock and stability as standard. However, it also adds a lot of weight and unnecessary complexity. We decided to convert the front suspension to S-Body McPhearson strut style to take advantage of the Driftworks Geomaster hub knuckles, lower unsprung weight and more importantly better steering geometry.
As you can see if you look at the strut turrets, there are two holes where the original coilovers used to go….. We measured against the Driftworks S15 to ensure it was feasible to carry out the conversion, and fortunately, it seemed to be! So after a bit more careful measuring we went for broke, and cut some holes in the turrets… basically.
Close up – we can see the different location.
So instead of a locked top mount, we could now run a camber adjustable top mount.
Here’s Bon holding up the original double wishbone setup, which weighs a billions tonnes. He is unhappy with this.
Underneath we can see how simple it all looks now. It may as well be any other S-Body. The conversion is so simple, and effective.
Looking up at the turrets.
Closer to the turrets.
This shot shows just how much simpler the arch is now compared to any reference photo of another R32. Combined with other weight saving programs on this car, we have reduced the weight of the car from 1330kg’s to 1175kgs!! With 550bhp, it’s a weapon.
The knuckles pictured here are the S14/S15 knuckles from Driftworks’ Geomaster range. Whilst they don’t give more absolute steering lock on the leading wheel when compared to the original, they heavily reduce the extreme ackerman angle that R32’s suffer from. Simply put – the car can be driven at high speed on full lock without any issues associated with the original setup. In competition, this means we can push faster, harder and at bigger angles for more smoke.
Hope that’s some use, please feel free to ask any question here!