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Topic: Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Probably just like every other Vette owner, I'm always looking at Vette photo galleries, Corvettes for sale, etc. It's seems to me that there are just not a whole lot of cars equipped with magnetic selective ride control. Is this not a popular feature? Is it a cost issue when cars are purchase new? I have this feature in my 94 coupe and I love it. When I want performance in the turns...I crank it up to "performance". When I'm cruising on the interstate...the touring selection provides for a softer ride. Thoughts???
 

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Never had it , or have tried it. QUOTE]

Lethal...I had a lot of views to this thread. You're the first to respond. I think this might be the case with everyone else. It really is a nice feature. There are times I just get plain tired of the rough ride. Flip a switch...that's all it takes. Just to give an idea: of the approximately 23,000 1994 Corvettes; only a few thousand were equipped with ride selection. Anybody else out there have any thoughts?
 

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seems to me that there are just not a whole lot of cars equipped with magnetic selective ride control.
Is this not a popular feature?. Thoughts???
35,614 cars 89 - 96 got the SRC (FX3 ) option
Have to remember ,the majority of new Vette owners are not perf drivers ; they are buying a new Vette for the luxury / prestige factor ( observe the % of manual cars sold ) so a adjustable perf handling feature would be wasted on them
Notwithstanding; when SRC was introduced on the '89 cars it was very hi-tech , a bit "out there" technology only previously found on limited production ,top end cars so it probably wasn't understood too well and looked like a sales gimmick
FWIW ; it is not a magnetic control .
A elec motor at the top of the shock ( the actuator ) rotates a valve in the base of the shock to vary the amount of fluid passing through the valve and subsequently the level of dampening achieved
The magnetic control used on later cars is completely different and much faster acting
http://www.whyhighend.com/magnetic-suspension.html
 

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I wanted to say I thought it was damping (not magnetic) control, but wasn't completely sure. But aside from the speed of the change, it's the same difference. Thicker/thinner fluid or smaller/larger flow path...

Of the two systems, I would think damping would be the better choice (unless there is some kind of active suspension setup) because the magnetic fluid system would draw the most power at the worst time (constant draw, stealing HP while set hardest in race mode). Where as the damping system draws power only when changing from one setting to the other. I have no real idea what the current draw is on the mag system, but in theory, damping I think would be the better choice....

that n left hand drive.....:patriot:

apology's for the morning's first cup of coffee ramblings.....:coffeetime:

I usually save that for the gay marriage people n gun control nuts....:ban:
 

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I think I might have answered my own question. After "cutting my teeth" on my 94 coupe, I have been considering upgrading to a C6. Last night I took a for a lengthy test drive a 2009 coupe. This car was not equipped with the ride control option. The car proved to ride quite comfortably. And actually...rides better than my 94. Sooo...maybe it's not even worth while to have this option on the newer Vettes.
 
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