There must be something wrong with it at that price surely?
I'm not a FD2 owner (DC5 Owner) but I was looking at a FD2 before the DC5.Crazylegs said:Hey guys,
Before I go any further yes I've read this thread and multiple threads. I'm doing a lot of reading on FD2's and the FK2 as the Teg will likely be up for sale at some point soon, or when we get a house.
I've private messaged a few owners who've had both the DC5 and the FD2 to guage feedback as at the moment, I'm swaying towards an FD2 as my next car.
My question is around the suspension setup which I believe is very hard but also supposed to be a vast improvement on the DC5, well at the rear with its independent multi-link setup anyway. The front suspension I believe are quite similar but happy to be corrected on this.
I have quite a heavily modified DC5 which I'm just unsure about at the moment. It's a pretty harsh ride which I can tolerate as I don't do lots of miles and I quite like a stiff ride, but what annoys me with it is that it moves around a lot; it seems to follow the contours of the road all the time whether that's the diff or how the car is setup I don't know. I don't want to sell and get an FD2 only to find it feels exactly the same.
The plan with an FD2 is to leave the suspension as OEM apart from change the rear dampers to Koni's but apart from that, it wouldn't be tinkered with. It's either that or spend a bit more money on mine and try and get the handling improved but that is going to be expensive. I've learnt a lot about the car on track this last year and that is the suspension setup definetely needs to be better and is an area for definite improvement. Obviously I've never driven an FD2 but it seems to be a better car, stronger and more stable under speed and braking and out of the box the OEM suspension seems to be a lot better than the DC5.
Can anyone share their thoughts on what they think I should do going forward as it will help me to make a decision on whether to keep the car or not. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I think the 50% extra rigidity I might actually like. I can take a stiff hard ride so long as it doesn't absolutely bust my boll*cks all of the time, the main thing for me is that it feels planted and glued to the road.ddc5 said:I'm not a FD2 owner (DC5 Owner) but I was looking at a FD2 before the DC5.
The biggest reason why I didn't go for one was that after research, the drive was apparently real harsh and crashy for the UK roads. They're supposed to be like 50% more rigid than a DC5.
So yeah, they are amazing for handling etc BUT and a massive BUT, they're supposed to be very crashy for UK roads. Most people get Koni Coilovers I think to reduce it.
I'd actually like to know from someone who has owned both as well as it maybe a future purchase for when a baby possibly comes along.
Thanks Mark, yes that's how I understand it as well in that the bodyshell although a tad heavier than a DC5 is actually 50% stiffer and more rigid.Mark_teg said:As I understand it, the 50% extra rigidity is referring to the chassis (as in bodyshell). Though, the suspension is also very firm and most of this is due to the rear dampers which most people replace with Koni adjustable yellows - there is no front equivalent unfortunately, only coilovers.
The front suspension is a revised design - the track rod ends steer the hubs on the fd2, whereas they connect to the struts on the dc5. The dampers are also made by Showa.
Marc, could you not visit Torque GT (or similar) when they have stock and see if it's for you
Cheers Ste, have you driven one yourself then mate?ste01 said:^^ what Mark said. Go somewhere to drive one.
I personally think they are very similar to a DC5 so think you'd have the same twitchy feel you don't like.