1986 Acura Integra -- Suspension
The Integra's suspension system is designed to provide responsive handling through a wide range of operating conditions, particularly those experienced during spirited driving. The overall design of the system uses a minimum amount of space which frees up more room for the driver and passengers and also makes possible a lower aerodynamic hood line.
The Integra's independent front suspension uses torsion bars, struts, lower lateral arms and a 19 mm (0.75-inch) stabilizer bar to minimize body roll. It also features a wide track and high caster trail for good directional stability. The system incorporates anti-dive and negative offset geometry.
Rear suspension is of the three-link beam type, located fore and aft by trailing arms and laterally by a panhard rod. Compliant bushings at the forward mounting points of the trailing arms reduce harsh inputs and allow for a more favorable suspension geometry.
The swing bearing in the right hub "de-couples" the two sides of the suspension to allow some independent movement. A 17mm (0.67-inch) compound torsion stabilizer bar is incorporated into the rear axle beam to reduce bodyroll. A slight amount of negative camber is built into the rear suspension to improve cornering. Coil springs are progressive rate and shock absorbers are nitrogen gas filled to provide good ride characteristics under all load conditions.