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Old 12-31-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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holy body roll

We all know you dont buy the car for the performance. Because as we all know, the car has NONE. If you think it does you're kidding yourself.

I was headed to work and the wind damn near knocked the car on 2 wheels. What tasteful kits have you put together that help that? I dont want to lose the warranty, but I do want a safer feeling car.

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Old 12-31-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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You just listed what would help.

I lowered mine almost 2" (Tanabe DF210's) and it solved the problem.

$90 investment (used springs) and 2 hours time is all it took.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:05 PM   #3
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Wider wheels also help out.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:00 PM   #4
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We all know you dont buy the car for the performance. Because as we all know, the car has NONE. If you think it does you're kidding yourself.
I would ask with due respect that you speak for yourself, and not for me. The car handles like a dream with minimal suspension upgrades. Additional power is available through several upgrade options.

Ask jkuchta, or 03Z33 or myself, who regularly keep up with most other cars at the track.

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springs
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sway bars
and tires!

Coilovers: review the "Coilover Thread"
Shocks: the two options are TRD and Tokico blue
Sway bars: TRD for the rear is the one to get - no need for a front sway bar on this car.
Springs: several choices, including Tanabe, Progress, H&R, Tein, etc. Searching will help.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:34 PM   #5
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Get good tires with stiff sidewall. Thats what made a big difference for me in the highway winds.

I have coilovers and rear sway bar and when I put the soft winter tires on, I get knocked around by wind but with the good tires, I don't feel it.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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To the OP, the Yaris can be made to handle very well. It's forte isn't straight-line performance, but like cali_yaris said, it can be made better.

I've got Megan Racing coilovers, TRD rear swaybar, and some stickier tires. It helps a lot.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:49 PM   #7
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besides the usual spring/shock/swaybar ideas you could also invest in some braces from GT SPEC. im sure the usual asspaper's will tell you they DO NOTHING but if you come to one of our meets next year i'll take you for a ride.....
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:12 PM   #8
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I think he's right on that a new factory/unmodified Yaris has no performance what-so-ever. Well OK, performance fuel economy...
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:31 PM   #9
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I think he's right on that a new factory/unmodified Yaris has no performance what-so-ever. Well OK, performance fuel economy...
Well we can all have our opinions, right?
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:36 PM   #10
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so would lowering the car help or hinder fuel economy, or is it negligable?
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:39 PM   #11
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Lowering will probably not have a noticeable difference in fuel economy. I've owned seven vehicles that have been lowered, and never noticed a difference.

Lowering will, however, improve handling and stability in cornering. The ride will be firmer (of course, that will vary between setups), and, IMHO, it looks a lot better, too.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:25 PM   #12
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Well we can all have our opinions, right?
Yes. However, the OP said how it "is" for everyone, along with a mild insult for emphasis.

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as we all know, the car has NONE. If you think it does you're kidding yourself.
I hope the OP's real and valid question was answered.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:33 PM   #13
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This is the worst car to drive in a cross wind that I have ever owned. No need for up grades for me. When it is windy, I am more careful.
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:02 AM   #14
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I would ask with due respect that you speak for yourself, and not for me. The car handles like a dream with minimal suspension upgrades.
Back from the dead. This is exactly what I was asking. I have no upgrades whatsoever, and the car tracks all over the place when it's windy. Cali, no upgrades the car handles terrible. It would therefore lend itself that with "minimal upgrades" it would handle like a dream. Right? That's pretty obvious I thought, hence me asking. Thanks for the holier than thou approach.
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:34 AM   #15
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OP, you gotta understand, this is a Yaris enthusiasts' forum, and people on here are really proud of their car (even those who have not done any mods ), so people can be a little sensitive to criticism.

I haven't yet seen Cali's Yaris in person but I understand it is quite the beast ;)

What I was wondering is whether or not you did anything to improve handling since you last posted?

I'm with you, stock Yaris doesn't handle great in the wind (I've complained about the same thing when I first got my Yaris and got some of the same response initially ;)
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Back from the dead. This is exactly what I was asking. I have no upgrades whatsoever, and the car tracks all over the place when it's windy. Cali, no upgrades the car handles terrible. It would therefore lend itself that with "minimal upgrades" it would handle like a dream. Right? That's pretty obvious I thought, hence me asking. Thanks for the holier than thou approach.
lol this comment is great. use the search button to get your "non holier than thou" answers.
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Back from the dead. This is exactly what I was asking. I have no upgrades whatsoever, and the car tracks all over the place when it's windy. Cali, no upgrades the car handles terrible. It would therefore lend itself that with "minimal upgrades" it would handle like a dream. Right? That's pretty obvious I thought, hence me asking. Thanks for the holier than thou approach.
Add a rear swaybar and some decent tires. Be happy.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:42 AM   #18
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Since you completely ignored my helpful suggestions in post #4 in favor of insulting me, and which have been further answered several times by everyone else (post 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 17, etc), do you have any NEW questions?
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