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Old 11-04-2008, 06:08 PM
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Wheel Base

What are the advantages and disadvantages to a longer or shorter wheel base? I've always felt that the front wheels on the 5th gen should have been pushed further forward, making the wheel base longer, for aesthetic reasons.

What are the performance reasons, if any?
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Re: Wheel Base

Other than turning radius and cabin room there is nothing that would effect you, or a regular consumer enough to matter.

I'm sure your not going rock crawling in your prelude, so wheel base isnt going to effect you that much. And in hardcore track applications (and when I say hardcore I mean pro auto x) wheel base length and width may determine how much downforce is applied to each corner and side of the vehicle. Getting into downforce would require stupid mathmatic equations and I'm not getting into that.

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Someone tried telling me one time that if the wheel base on the driving wheels are farther apart it creates better traction, thus giving you more performance. THIS IS FALSE. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN FALSE.

In SOME suspension set ups, a wider wheel base width on drive wheels does increase the chance to grip and get traction. This isnt ALLLLLL setups. Be aware of that.
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Re: Wheel Base

I'll use a car that's readily available for me to explain what I've found, ok?

With the latest crop of SS Commodores, the sedan is a capable handler. It's basic handling is very good for a four door sedan weighing nearly 1800kg.


However it trips up over things like mid corner bumps, they unsettle it to the point of no return quite easily.


The ute, which is 150mm longer between the front and rear wheels doesn't have this problem with things like mid-corner bumps. In fact, the ute is all around a better car; though the slightly longer turning circle does hurt it.
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Re: Wheel Base

I think the Prelude wheel base is plenty long enough as far as asthetics goes. It's a long car or so it appears to be long especially when lowered.

Ever notice how far forward the front wheels are on a BMW? I think it looks silly.
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Re: Wheel Base

That's the exact example I was thinking of that would make the Prelude more attractive, ironic.

Wouldn't the wheels being closer to the front better protect you from scraping the front/bottom?
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Re: Wheel Base

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Wouldn't the wheels being closer to the front better protect you from scraping the front/bottom?

yup, its called angle of approach, which is a very important dimension when offroading so you don't run straight into a wall.


think of a hummer, and how far forward the front wheels are/back the rear wheels are. in case you can't visualize what i'm saying, a picture is worth a thousand words:





get it? so in conclusion (i've been doing wayyyyyyyyy too many lab write-ups recently ) this aspect is only important in offroading, not for our sport coupes that were built to handleeeeeee.
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Re: Wheel Base

Nice Physics analysis ^

But to have the front wheels on a Prelude practically right behind the bumper like a BMW would look SILLY :)

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