S/n 26359 is back on the road for for a few suspension shakedown tests. The 308 is currently my only three pedal car so the very first impression is that it’s great to be heel-toeing again!
The new suspension is working very well. It rides over broken tarmac, large and small bumps just like a modern car. No bumps or crashes , squeaks or clunks. A massive improvement over the previous suspension in other words. I think the shocks needs to be slightly stiffer however so I will adjust them up.
The harshness is totally gone from the front end so that oversized anti-roll bar was definitely a large part of the handling problem. The side shimmy from the rear axle is also gone now with the replacement of the worn outer bushes.
Roll does not seem to be an issue with the thinner anti-roll bars, but there is now more understeer than I remember, so that will need to be addressed through set up and possibly uprating the rear anti-roll bar. The current, stock ratio steering rack does not help in this respect. The car is definitely not as easy to drive quickly as my M3. I would describe it as challenging fun on a twisty road with the benefit of a wonderful gated shifter. It’s currently lacking feel and communication from the tires which is limiting my corner speeds. This is maybe due to the Dunlop Direzza tires, which have been on the car for 5 or 6 years now and are probably getting old and stiff.
The engine is pulling well and feels great with the fresh new oil. The car is not fast by modern standards of course but it feels faster than it is when you are driving it. Also, I drive it exclusively on public roads it feels appropriate for that environment. The transition from the Weber carburetor idle jets to the main jets at 3000 rpm seems good. After 18 months off the road, the car started first time and there’s no sign of the carbs being gummed up although they are popping and spitting a little… but that’s character isn’t it?
It’s not smoking at all but it is spitting flames out of the exhaust on the overrun at high revs. This is totally normal for my car, usually to the enjoyment of the car following. After a long overdue Italian tune-up, the car is also running cleaner than ever.
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Thanks to Clyde for the moving shots of 26359 above.