Oct 12, 2000 at 09:31am

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Sep 26, 2000 at 11:20am

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Swaybar, Front, Removal of (fwd)

I saw a discussion on the M-List about swaybars, and I couldn't find the thread again.

Hey, just for amusement's sake, I removed my front swaybar for today's rallycross (actually, I just unhooked one end - one bolt). WOW. Insano oversteer. Strangely enough, I barely noticed it driving around town (smooth driving?) but on gravel it made a huge difference. I've never had my Impreza so consistently sideways.

What do I think about the average person doing this? Probably not a good idea. Turning and lifting (or worse yet, turning and braking) causes the car to lurch like a VW, keeling over to the outside of the corner. Solution? Power power power. If the car isn't on the front end, it doesn't roll, no? And - I didn't get a chance to try emergency braking while turning at 55 mph or higher. Might not be so fun.

At the rallycross, in first and second gear, I could get sideways with the tap of the throttle. The front of the car just bit down and held, while the back went every which way. I did have a tank slapper situation when I missed shifting into second gear (I had to get my hand back on the wheel for the corner, and then I couldn't find the stick), but I'd run another rallycross like this.

I'd like stiffer front shocks to curb some body roll, and maybe a tiny front swaybar, but I'm so addicted to oversteer. Of course, the only place this really is useful is on gravel at low speeds. I don't think you want to get quite that sideways at higher speeds without a lot of practice, and probably adjustable shocks and stiffer springs for good measure. I'm probably going to look for a quick release pin and a smaller bar, so that I can disconnect it at rallycrosses, yet still have a nose happy car for daily driving.

Nah, I'm gonna put bald tires on the rear and go do doughnuts.


Jesse Mullan
'96 Subaru Impreza LX AWD 2.2l F4 (no front sway bar, stock rear bar)
1999 SCCA LOL Region U4S Rallycross Champion

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Sep 4, 2000 at 05:28am

  • Mon, Sep 4, 2000 at 05:28am:
    by jmullan

    Well, I've been trying to update the sites that exist on this server, with a certain amount of success. I have installed php4, albeit without proper gd support. argh. I've been working towards the end goal of making this website more dynamic. I can now enter these server notes over the web. It's a small thing, but it involves php and mysql. I've gotten the SELECT, INSERT, and UPDATE syntax figured out, but it's not over yet.

    I suppose I should also mention that over on rallymn.com I updated the schedule page to pull from MySQL tables. Woo hoo. Of course, I didn't do a sweet-ass entry page for that like I did for this- this was easy since there's only one table (so far).

    Server issues:

    your sysop (Jesse Mullan) :)

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1 Aug 2000 0059

If you'd like to complain about the lack of updates to form and content on this server, you can buy me a new PC to do it
form. :P

My Win98 box likes to crash. It crashes more than the Concorde. Hence, I haven't been using it much. I coulda fixed the
computer, or my clutch. I chose the clutch. Go figure. Later days.

Server issues:

  • All systems are functioning within normal parameters.

Like certain fallen angels, this server goes by many names:



Jesse Mullan

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latest.htm

Ha! Finally, some updates, although mostly in function, not form or content… My WIn98 box is more stable since I replaced the motherboard and processor.

Server issues:

  • All systems are functioning within normal parameters.

Like certain fallen angels, this server goes by many names:



Jesse Mullan

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31 May 2000 16:58

Hmm, it seems to have been a very long time since I updated the server status for all of my adoring fans. No big hardware or software changes have been implented, but I did move the server to my new house. US West was late in getting the DSL set up, and the tech at Visi that I talked to (admittedly at 8:30 PM) didn't seem to understand what I meant by “switch it over to the new circuit”. A certain amount of hair pulling later everything was fine.
Everybody wants server space, but no one is willing to provide their own content. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but what the heck? I've given people accounts that are sitting dormant. Time to do some housecleaning. :)

Server issues:

  • All systems are functioning within normal parameters.

Like certain fallen angels, this server goes by many names:


Jesse Mullan

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28 Mar 2000 17:04.htm

My website had occassion recently to be picked over by some pros. There were some things that I was proud of, but mostly it was just me gritting my teeth and thinking “don't look at that!”. Oh well. Whatever comes of that inquiry, they've given me some food for thought.
Server issues:

  • Cascading style sheets are pissing me off! Argh. View the left frame on my page or the rally page for examples. If you don't see what I mean, try resizing them. Grrr. Oh well, another trip or two through the documentation should sort things out. Oops, or this page. Dang dang dang.
  • It doesn't look like I'll be taking over DNS for idlespeculation.com, since Kory used a provider that does its own DNS. At least it maps to the right place.
  • I have no idea if Kory will ever get implication.com fixed, but I'm set to host the DNS for that. Any time now.
  • I've taken over hosting www.rallymn.com, but I'm doing it in a sneaky manner. Instead of hosting the DNS, I just put the index page on the server that is officially hosting www.rallymn.com, and pointing the frames at my server.
  • I'm starting to get irritated at the sloth of the Cyrix P150+ that is running the linux box. I have a P200 that is sitting idle, so I'm thinking that it's time for a boost.
  • This isn't really a server issue, but I inherited a flaky new windows box. Sure the specs look good (AMD K6-2 450 w/96M RAM), but the previous owner had major crashing problems. Me too. I got it running in a somewhat stable manner and then decided to change the bus speed and clock multiplier. Instead of running at 100X4.5, I'm running at 112X4. The processor isn't going any faster, but the front side bus is begging to take a break (which it does without intervention by me). There are some BIOS settings that I haven't monkeyed with yet, so we'll see what I end up with.


Jesse Mullan

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27 Mar 2000 16:44

My website had occassion recently to be picked over by some pros. There were some things that I was proud of, but mostly it was just me gritting my teeth and thinking “don't look at that!”. Oh well. Whatever comes of that inquiry, they’ve given me some food for thought.
Server issues:

  • It doesn't look like I'll be taking over DNS for idlespeculation.com, since Kory used a provider that does its own DNS. At least it maps to the right place.
  • I have no idea if Kory will ever get implication.com fixed, but I'm set to host the DNS for that. Any time now.
  • I've taken over hosting www.rallymn.com, but I'm doing it in a sneaky manner. Instead of hosting the DNS, I just put the index page on the server that is officially hosting www.rallymn.com, and pointing the frames at my server.
  • I'm starting to get irritated at the sloth of the Cyrix P150+ that is running the linux box. I have a P200 that is sitting idle, so I'm thinking that it's time for a boost.
  • This isn't really a server issue, but I inherited a flaky new windows box. Sure the specs look good (AMD K6-2 450 w/96M RAM), but the previous owner had major crashing problems. Me too. I got it running in a somewhat stable manner and then decided to change the bus speed and clock multiplier. Instead of running at 100X4.5, I'm running at 112X4. The processor isn't going any faster, but the front side bus is begging to take a break (which it does without intervention by me). There are some BIOS settings that I haven't monkeyed with yet, so we'll see what I end up with.

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27 Mar 2000 10:01



My website had occassion recently to be picked over by some pros. There were some things that I was proud of, but
mostly it was just me gritting my teeth and thinking “don't look at that!”. Oh well. Whatever comes of that inquiry, they've
given me some food for thought.


Server issues:

  • It doesn't look like I'll be taking over DNS for idlespeculation.com, since Kory
    used a provider that does its own DNS. At least it maps to the right place.

  • I have no idea if Kory will ever get implication.com fixed, but I'm set to dost the DNS
    for that. Any time now.

  • I've taken over hosting http://www.rallymn.com, but I'm doing it in a sneaky manner.
    Instead of hosting the DNS, I just put the index page on the server that is officially hosting www.rallymn.com, and pointing
    the frames at my server.

  • I'm starting to get irritated at the sloth of the Cyrix P150+ that is running the linux box. I have a P200 that is sittle
    idle, so I'm thinking that it's time for a boost.

  • This isn't really a server issue, but I inherited a flaky new windows box. Sure the specs look good (AMD K6-2 450 w/96M
    RAM), but the previous owner had major crashing problems. Me too. I got it running in a somewhat stable manner and then
    decided to change the bus speed and clock multiplier. Instead of running at 100X4.5, I'm running at 112X4. The processor
    isn't going any faster, but the front side bus is begging to take a break (which it does without intervention by me). There
    are some BIOS settings that I haven't monkeyed with yet, so we'll see what I end up with.



Jesse Mullan

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