Somewhere... this thread took a Big ole left hand turn. The OP must be wondering here wth?
Sorry about that Clifford. That's what you get here on the forum, a lively owner discussion, more or less. Happens.
Somewhere we went off the rails, of Stock suspension/BC coil overs sight unseen, dealer/mechanic suggestions
to.. oblivion. Roadsters, coupes, pony cars, straight line speed, cornering ability, with photos...
BUT.. back to your original problem here:
I have lived/worked and driven many cars in my day, in the D.C. area. Just a weekend fun car for me, err you and the wife
to enjoy. Comfort is key here for her sake. The root of the problem here is, yes the shocks/coil overs on the car, the comfort
factor to enjoy yourself. The getaway from it all, couple of hours. Little me err us time away from the stress of work/home/the neighbors... the hustle and bustle of D.C. Been there, done that before.
The roads in the surrounding area, under todays vast strain of traffic in the region is staggering. Federal Gov't is the driving force in the region, plus 2 bordering state gov't, interstate traffic, major school systems, these roads take a huge pounding.
Every pothole, expansion joint, bridge transitions, wavy asphalt, is magnified by the endless pounding.
In D.C. itself never a good thing for the Kappa imo. The 495 Beltway and outer lying regions of Va./Md. vary with road
improvements depending on the fiscal budget. I-95 north to Balt. and points beyond, or south past Woodbridge toward the Carolinas. East towards the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Eastern Shore and the coast,
or way out west towards the Skyline Drive/West By God region.
For your weekend fun:
* Tires. Old rubber rides like crap. If they are old, lose them in a heartbeat. New rubber compound beats old rubber compound.
Alignment: After new rubber on all four corners, 500 miles settlement 4 wheel to OEM spec is in order. It will help.
Bushings. They could be.. old too here? 2007 and counting. Replace some with in budget. Lube others.
Brakes: You better be able to stop.. in D.C. traffic, just sayin. This is tops along with a good to great Fire ext. for the safety factor.
Shocks/stock/racing: On going discussion. Stock is what you seek. Finding them is the problem.
Smoother ride for you and the wife here. BC coil overs you might as well bring it to Summit Point.
Not for D.C. region weekend fun. Sell them here or on Craigslist.
Seats: The foam cushions could be worn out some. The butt factor test, with hard coil overs too will amp up the road concussion.
Finding road heaven is a tough job, but some Kappa owner has to do it.
It's why we smile so much. It's why some owners, ( the masses ) are jealous of our silly grin while we cruise by.
New asphalt section is the 10 here, where as the pothole, train track, endless construction project filled is the 0.
Somewhere... in between is our comfort zone, the real deal life of owner/operator and the here and now of
today's hustle and bustle. After some 45 + plus years of driving the region, you have to pick your moments of what/where/when/why to really enjoy yourself while driving.
Google maps can lead you somewhere... or nowhere. How you get there, and in what comfort
zone is up to you and your credit card in some cases.
I visit the region now, to visit my family. Sometimes I'm just passing through...
Early AM get way before the traffic wakes up. Late PM get way after the traffic sleeps. During the day, 4-7 hrs. of fun,
stay off the major roads travel in stealth mode if you can?
Over night B & B run down Skyline Drive or over to the Eastern Shore, the problem of leaving D.C. behind
as fast as possible, for weekend fun is on everyone else's mind too.
Now about that discussion about roadsters, coupe, sports car. GT, pony car...ahhh maybe for another post.
This one has gone on too long for me now, sorry about that. The ole fingers get to typing.
However... experts, major car media, owners, and their opinions... vary. My opinion really doesn't matter in the Big picture of things.
To me a true roadster is this:
No top. That's right. 2 doors. 2 seats not 4. No windows. Rough. Manual trans. New or old, with electronics
or plain jane no add on help. Basic. I saw this recently in my travels. What else a Cobra. Dark. Two people having fun. In the rain!
With goggles. No top, no windows, 2 doors, manual trans, 2 seats, no more room for anyone else sorry. Run what you brung, with in
or out of your comfort zone, and what we owners are willing to put up with, the roads, the suspension or lack there of, the traffic,
just to find a little fun time for me.. the owner/operator.
Last edited by LAC Sky; 08-03-2019 at 06:41 PM.