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View Poll Results: Front Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive
Rear 18 75.00%
Front 6 25.00%
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:58 AM   #41
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I think it'* good that we can debate such things like this. Sometimes we get carried away and take things to personal...it'* bound to happen as most "car nuts" are extremely passionate about their cars. Not trying to flame anyone here but just offering my .02 I have a 96 Z28 and a 90 SSE, I had my Z dyno'd at 360RWHP. I know if I had that kind of power in my Bonny I would run into situations that would be scary. Namely anytime your turning and accelerating. In a rear wheel drive if u floor it around a corner the rear end kicks out, not a big deal can be corrected very easily with steering input. In a front wheel drive as soon as u exceed maximum traction during a turn u end up pushing, or understeering now u have NO steering. Which is just about the last thing u want to happen. In a drag race I find that for the initial start the fwd has the advantage having the engines weight over the drive wheels. But after the car starts moving what happens...the weight shifts off of the drive wheels, again the last thing u want to happen while trying to put the power to the ground. Ofcourse there are fwd cars that can hand alot of rwd cars their ***'*. I know on a few occasions some people have mentioned that fwd K-car running 10'*. But if everything else was the same and the only diff being that car was rwd, it should run quicker as it now has weight transfer as an advantage, not a dissadvantage. I don't hate fwd and I really like my Bonneville, all I'm saying is that in my humble opinion to get the most out of your vehicle in extreme circumstances like racing, rwd is better almost all of the time. I hope I havn't pissed anyone off or put anyone to sleep with this novel, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this subject with u guys...Andru.
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No I agree.

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In a rear wheel drive if u floor it around a corner the rear end kicks out, not a big deal can be corrected very easily with steering input.

That was fun...when can we do it again!?


and I don't care if reverse with a FWD to do a donut is different than a RWD, why would you want to do them anyway?? I guess it'* escaping my female logic Unless i'm living in florida or someplace where it never snows, I'm taking FWD over RWD anyday
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Old 10-30-2002, 10:32 AM   #44
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and I don't care if reverse with a FWD to do a donut is different than a RWD, why would you want to do them anyway??
They are fun. When I take my 1969 Lincoln Mark III (RWD, 365 hp, 500 ft.lbs of torque) for a "spin", it is fun to feel the rear end kick out from behind you. It is also fun to feel it kick out when turning a corner. This is not how if handles "normally". But if you want extreme driving, just ease the accelerator down rather quickly and hold on. Counter steering is the other half of the fun.

But again I'll stress that I LOVE my Bonneville just as much as I LOVE my Lincoln. I also love 4X4'*. Different rides for different purposes. I too live in a snow belt. Michigan has snow, but where I live, we also get lake effect snow (warm air comes across Lake Michigan--which is 60 miles across-- and picks up moisture. When it hits land fall, it percipitates and turns into snow, which subsequently DUMPS on the western coast of Michigan). This offers for some tricky driving. Three of my last five cars (before the Bonnie) have been RWD--'85 Mustang (manual), '84 Thunderbird (auto), and '84 Chevette (5 speed manual). I purchased them for the RWD. On the main artery between Kalamazoo and Portage (twin cities), there is a hill (Westnage Hill) that is a PITA in winter. The thing that I have noticed is that the FWD cars start to spin their tires and loose directional control. They simply slide over to the curb--not able to steer out of it (at 5 miles per hour). In the RWD cars, the back end breaks loose (starts spinning) and the cars start crab-legging up the hill (going a bit sideways). They almost always make it because they can counter steer.

On the other hand, if there is no loss of traction, the FWD'* pull through deeper snow better than the RWD'*.

My Point? They both serve a different purpose, and in the right (experienced) hands, can be made to go where you want them to.

Another Best Selling Novel by 95BonnevilleSESC. *Sorry*
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Well for me
in the end i prefer my RWD
The FWD is great for winter, but i have no trouble manuvering the RWD in the winter either.
Nothing like hitting the gas and feeling that back end go.

I just dont like that FWD pull left and right when i hammer the gas from a stand still


but dont get me wrong i love the bonne, just wish these newer ones were RWD
just my 2 cents
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a limited slip on your fwd will help with the pull issue.

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Or steering torque arms. And they're a much cheaper alternative for the budget conscious.

Get that bug off your butt, Proj. You've been waving to ricers again, haven't you?
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I love to blow past ricers
especially when the rev their engines at the light
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So i'm starting to hear of more RWD owners , sounds to me that almost everyone has a little RWD in their blood! Like I stated before I DON'T hate my Bonnie . I just know it would be better with RWD And as far as snow . Carry some salt in your trunk and a bag of sand and BE CAREFULL, At the risk of sounding sarcastic god forbid we get in an accident , I'm mean they only happen every 7 seconds in the us!!!RWD or FWD be carefull , but 'd rather have RWD and be carefull than FWD and be carefull!(RWD is better ha ha ha ha ha ) I'm just happy that we are all sharing our opinions on this topic and please share more knowledge!
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Ok I personally grew up with RWD and a dodge charger and a Cortina limited slip rear end box. So Rwd is where I started. My first FWD experience was when I blew my rear axle on my jeep. I limped home with in fwd. LOL other than that it has been 4X4'*. Oh wait the ford Windstar was fwd. 200hp too. I raced a Chevy z71 in my old Windstar and yes I won LOL . other than that it has been 4X4 until the Bonneville. I donít thing fwd is better but I sure donít think its worse. The only true reason to go for Rwd is the hp options for a Rwd setup are far greater. So your right most prefer Rwd but it still has not been proven better due to the fact that Rwd has had a much greater R&D time and had racing support much longer. I would suggest waiting until you can compare equally created and experienced parts. Then you will have a real test.

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