36 MAY 2018 scca.com
When the Eibach swaybars
were installed, they were both
initially set on the softest setting,
which requires fitting the OE end
links into the holes closest to the
end of the bars. This seemed like
a reasonable starting point given
the Eibach bar’s sizable girth
compared to the OE units.
The Koni dampers,
meanwhile, were set toward the
aggressive side, with the fronts
at full stiff and the rears in the
middle of available adjustment
range. Even though Koni built
these dampers with
performance driving in mind, the
thought was they are still likely
fairly compliant near the top of
the range since they are a
Similarly, the baseline
alignment was set aggressively.
Mark DeShon, Production
Manager at FR Sport, set the
camber in the front at the max,
which yielded - 3. 4 degrees on
the passenger’s side and - 3. 2 on
the driver’s side; rear camber
was dialed in at - 2. 6 degrees on
the passenger’s side and - 2. 5
on the driver’s. Our plan at the
time was to dial in the camber
level based on tire
temperatures during the car’s
The toe up front was set just a
hint toward out, at 1/64-inch,
helping initial turn-in. The rear
was set with 3/16-inch total
toe-in, promoting stability on
Like any good racer, though, it
didn’t take long for Hayter to
start second-guessing the setup.
Case in point, before the car was
off the alignment rack, Hayter
had already shifted the front
swaybar to full stiff.
With the chassis set, it was off
to Auto Club Speedway in
Fontana, Calif., for a Cal Club
Region Solo practice day.
Joining Hayter for the
shakedown was two-time, Street
Mod Solo Champ Mike Simanyi.
and I am loving it,” says Simanyi,
who has been on a bit of an
autocross hiatus. “You come out
of a Street Mod car that just
does everything well, and you
get into [the SSC car] and it’s a
really cool challenge.
I particularly love that you’ve got
camber, you’ve got an affordable
tire that wears like iron, and
everybody’s on the same stuff.
Any hindrances that we have,
everybody else deals with too.
I don’t know why, but that really
appeals to me.”
After a few test runs, it was
time to start tweaking the setup.
“The [shocks] started full stiff in
the front, half stiff in the rear;
the front bar was stiff and the
rear bar was soft,” Hayter notes.
“The car was pushy in and loose
on exit. We went full stiff on the
rear shocks and started
dropping tire pressures based on
a lack of [tread] roll over.”
While the shock and tire
pressure changes helped, a
The Falken Azenis 615K+ tires
were set at 35psi front, 30psi
rear for the shakedown, and the
duo were happy to see that even
though the tire was very close to
the spring perch on the front
Koni struts, there was no tire
rubbing, meaning camber would
not have to be reduced to
provide tire clearance.
So, what’s the performance
verdict? “It’s fun,” says Hayter.
“The tires feel good, but we’re on
pace with E Street. We put
[eight-time Solo National
Champion] Brian Peters in the
car just to make sure. He loved it,
but was only a couple tenths
faster than me.”
“It’s really fun getting back,
Adjusting the rear swaybar
paid dividends on the
Solo course for Richard
Hayter. Having a good
range of adjustment built
into the SSC kit should
satisfy most any driver.
“We went full stiff on
the rear shocks and
RICHARD HAY TER