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|Comments on the 200SX Multi-Link Beam suspension|
By Mike Kojima
I am writing to defend the beam axle of the 200SX once and for all! I have owned and raced classics in SCCA and IMSA quite a bit. I also own a 200SX (SCC Magazine Project SE-R). I feel that both are fine handling cars.
Stock on stock the classic rotates a little better under lift throttle which is advantageous for racing, especially Solo II type stuff and the 200SX pushes a bit more making it a bit more forgiving. The difference is pretty difficult for most people to tell, rather subtle.
The beam on the 200SX is rather sophisticated for a beam, being a twist link that allows independent action of the wheels. It also has a lateral link to lower the roll center and for lateral location. The advantage over the classic being no toe, camber or bump steer change under roll, so as not to make as much trailing throttle oversteer. The bushings have minimal stiction, combined with the twisting of the beam make for a tramp free ride even under cornering load on rough surfaces.
This is not at all like the crappy beam on cars like the Paseo, Tercel and American cars. It really works. When modified the SX will outcorner about anything. Searl whooped up on lots of Porsches and every classic on street tires at a time trial track event in his SX. My car handles better in some ways than my super trick 300zxtt. I am not biased but have a lot of experience with both cars.
|Manufacturer||Application||Drop (front/rear)||Part #||Cost||Notes|
1.25" / 1.25"
1.4" / 1.3"
|~$185||Fronts are linear rate, rears are progressive (see below)|
1.9" / 1.8"
|Adjustable||$399||Spring rates can be matched to the application|
|InTrax||2.0" / 2.0"||Linear|
2.0" / 2.0"
|$229||Spring rates are either progressive or dual rate|
|GAB||Sentra, NX2000 front and rear
200SX front (same as above)
|Fronts are 4-way adjustable, rears are 8-way adjustable|
|Tokico||Sentra, NX2000, 200SX front
Sentra, NX2000 rear
|Tokicos have a lifetime warranty|
|Koni||Sentra||~$125 each||Installation requires some fabrication|
|KYB||Sentra||~$80 each||Only rears will fit with ABS|
|Energy Suspension||Sentra||Front Suspension
Front Sway Bars
Rear Sway Bars
|Click here for pics and install notes|
|Stillen||Sentra, NX2000, 200SX||308100||~$345||Adjusts camber only. Click here for more info.|
|Strut Tower Braces|
|Pan Motorsport||Sentra, NX2000, 200SX||Front||~$90|
|Courtesy Nissan||Sentra, NX2000, 200SX
|Click here for more info on these STBs|
|Suspension Techniques||~$220||Click here for ST Swaybar install notes|
Eibach Pro-Kit spring rates: (Rates are lb/in. All rear springs are progressive)
|Car||Front||Rear||Source of Info|
|Sentra SE-R||150||80 - 180||Eibach*|
|NX2000||160||80 - 180||Eibach*|
|200SX SE-R||160||137 - 257||NISMO catalog|
* Kit Wetzler asked an Eibach engineer directly.
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