quote:Originally posted by David_Nunn:
Mike, the rear wheel lock-up that was experienced by one of the '70's test cars likely had more to do with the Pantera's suspension design, spring rates and shock valving than brake bias. Since the Pantera's front suspension has no "anti-dive" designed into it, with the original soft springs and shocks, in an all out panic stop, the nose of the car drops and the back end rises, causing significant weight transfer onto the front end. This weight transfer increases the load on the front tires but also lowers traction at the rear end.
A fascinating point. I hadn't considered it, but I think it's quite valid. So, a Pantera fitted with aftermarket shocks and stiffer springs would then have less nose-dive, less weight transfer to the front, less loading on the front wheels relative to the rear wheels, and therefore would benefit from increased rearward brake bias over stock--not a radical decrease in rearward brake bias.
Thanks for bringing that additional point to light!