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    High wind, light weight

    So, here in SW Ohio, we are currently getting 40-50 mph winds. On the way home from work, one gust seriously almost changed lanes for me! And that's on the G4. How do the hatchbacks do?



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    No better. Definitely not a wind friendly car, unless its a good tailwind
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicPunk View Post
    So, here in SW Ohio, we are currently getting 40-50 mph winds. On the way home from work, one gust seriously almost changed lanes for me! And that's on the G4. How do the hatchbacks do?
    About like you said.
    I've driven mine in high winds a fair amount. Just something you get used to.

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    Weight is a factor, but it's more about being tall, skinny, top-heavy and softly sprung.

    Tall and skinny catches wind like a sail. Top-heavy gives the wind more leverage. Softly sprung makes the car REALLY rock when a gust hits it.

    Even just adding a rear swaybar will make the car feel a LOT more stable in the wind.
    Simplify and add lightness.

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    The mirage is so light that one time in really high wind we were transporting a few birthday balloons and hit a pretty good bump and the car floated about 500' and came back down. Be careful out there my bros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicPunk View Post
    So, here in SW Ohio, we are currently getting 40-50 mph winds. On the way home from work, one gust seriously almost changed lanes for me! And that's on the G4. How do the hatchbacks do?
    It was windy here today, too! I had my Subaru Forester today, & it also gets tossed around when the winds are really high.

    Like Loren already said, I believe the added rear sway bar helps a lot on the Mirage. It really helps plant the car on the road.

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    My worst windy car story:

    Chevy Astro Van driving across Missouri late at night in a heavy storm with a CONSTANT cross-wind. It wasn't so bad while the power steering was working. You just dialed in about 15 degrees of steering and pretty much held it there except for corrections between gusts. But, the van had a power steering leak. And applying that much steering constantly had it spewing fluid rapidly. So, after about a half-hour, suddenly the power steering would give up... and THEN the beast got VERY difficult to keep on the road!

    Did I mention that we were towing a 12' long enclosed trailer that weighed about twice as much as the van?

    Good times.
    Simplify and add lightness.

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    I have no experience w/ winds as strong as that but I agree that a sway bar adds stability.

    Perhaps, vortex generator would help too?

    Airtabs at my HB
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    Maybe a bigger spoiler would help too Attachment 16138 cause more spoiler is more better right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitz View Post
    I have no experience w/ winds as strong as that but I agree that a sway bar adds stability.

    Perhaps, vortex generator would help too?

    Airtabs at my HB
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    http://www.fuelly.com/forums/f9/my-e...abs-12068.html

    Never heard of Airtabs before; interesting! At first glance, I think the site said it worked on squared off back ends. Not sure it would work on the G4....anyone else tried it?



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