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How to fix front steering deflection ?

ok, i noticed that whenever i go over bumps, whether straight or on an angle, that the steering pretty much goes to hell, ie. lots of deflection and the alignment seems to be off (as noticed in the steering wheel).

I have stock shocks, tein h-tech springs, cobb sway bar, whiteline endlinks, whiteline steering rack bushings, front strut bar, front lower h-brace...

i've got 18" goodyear eagle F1 tires...

what else can i do to reduce the front steering geometry deflection when encountering bumps in the road ?

Group N strut tops ?
Any other suspension bushings that I could replace ? the Castor bushings ?

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control arm bushings would be a great place to start next.Then the alk bushings.


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Go back to the stock wheels and tires. Your struts might be blown but seriously 45 series tires do this.

It seems to me the stiffer you keep making everything the less compliance you have and the more effect bumps are going to have on your steering.

Remember how it was when it was stock?

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stock tires/wheels do the same thing...

I mean, it's not _THAT_ drastic as I'm making it out to be, but I definitely notice it.

With stock suspension components, the whole car, regardless of whether it's driving straight or cornering, over smooth roads or bumpy roads, was just mushy all around all the time... I'm complaining about mushiness when hitting bumps...

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ok, i noticed that whenever i go over bumps, whether straight or on an angle, that the steering pretty much goes to hell, ie. lots of deflection and the alignment seems to be off (as noticed in the steering wheel).
I misunderstood "deflection" as something that causes abrupt steering input changes.

It's probably your mushy stock struts combined with the bigger swaybars and stiffer bushings. You can upgrade your steering rack but your turn-in response is always going to be limited by the stock struts lack of damping.

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