Monday, April 9, 2012

Wheel hop under hard acceleration?

The Problem noticed on 2006 6-spd GTO.In this case the customer noticed Wheel hop problem under heavy acceleration.
He needs to minimize wheel hop during heavy acceleration in a straight line as well as when leaving a corner.

On basis of this details the troubleshooting is as follows:-----

One of the first things you can do to improve cornering is to replace the stock sway bars. Your car is already equipped with sway bars in the front and rear, but replacing with a heavier duty sway bar will help in cornering and some even claim wheel hop. Companies such as Hotchkiss and SLP are shown here at LMPerformance.com. Another thing to do is to replace the springs on the car. Most of the sets available will lower the body as well. Anything you can do to lower your center of gravity will help your cornering ability. There does come a cost to lowering the vehicle though, reduced ground clearance. Depending on where you intend to drive the car the most you may not want to lower the car too much. Along with lowering the car the springs will also change the spring rates to improve handling as well. GM has already installed a strut tower brace in your car from the factory, although some say the bar lacks strength. I am little weary if the GM bar lacking strength for most drivers, so I take that with a grain of salt. There are really not a lot of parts available for these cars as far as suspension goes. There are suspension bushing kits that change from the stock rubber style bushings to polyurethane bushings, this too will help both cornering and wheel hop. Changing the bushings is somewhat a job as all the suspension components will need to be removed to replace the bushings, sometimes even the body mounts are changed. In most cases the bushings gets completely shot. 
Jegs.com shows the total bushing set here. 

Lastly, don't forget about the tires. The tires are what is ultimately connecting your car to the road. A good performance tire will help wonders. The sky is the limit with tires, keep in mind that the better performance you get out of the tire (closer to race tires) the shorter the life of the tire. I would recommend Tirereack.com for the best selection available online.

This details will help.

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