Saturday, July 27, 2019

"It's alive!" (Part Two)

Driving the Mustang makes me realize just how long it had been since I drove a car with a live rear axle, especially one with any real wheaties.

There was that year I spent with the '84 Trans Am in 2000-2001, and before that...I guess my ex's Plymouth Duster? So...1993?

I'd read car magazine road tests back in the Nineties and wonder why they constantly griped about the solid rear axle in the pony cars of the day. "What difference would an independent rear suspension make?", I'd wonder.

Now, when I'm driving the Zed and the Mustang, yeah, that's really noticeable. Especially under throttle, when you hit a bump in a turn with one rear wheel and the whole back end of the car's gotta involve itself in the process.

There's an interesting article on why it took the Mustang so long to get an independent rear suspension here.