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I suspect that your larger front bar is responsible for the excessive understeer on ice. The problem is that you have a very small amount of grip on ice, which means the weight transfer is much smaller, and thus the bar isn't flexing much. Instead, you are getting what amounts to a completely unsprung front end, which on a FWD car, is a recipe for terminal understeer.For the next event, try disconnecting that front bar. Who knows, it may make all the difference.
Thank you so much guys for your input, Im going to start with the alignment and bushings/endlinks to see what can be found. If all checks out, then I will remove the mammoth strutbar and see if that makes a difference on the ice, if it doesn't melt before I get to it
Strut bar won't make much difference ... maybe have someone more experienced drive the car to figure out what is wrong if you find nothing broken underneath ... like sway bar links etc.
That and make sure all the tires, including the ones on the back are in good condition.
Just a quick update, haven't made it to the shop yet for an inspection, however.......I made an unsettling discovery last weekend. Decided to try it out without the front strut bar, when I removed the strut bar I found there was a missing nut on the top of my passenger strut tower. Yet again Im bitten by poor workmanship from a shop I thought I could trust. That being said, because I don't understand suspension very well yet, that missing top nut on my passenger strut, is it possible that was the cause of my frustration on the ice? It was the inside nut(engine bay side) and they probably missed it because its buried behind my strutbar. The threads were not stripped and I was lucky enough to find a replacement nut at auto value. Could there now be possible damage to my top hat? The strut itself? Obviously I need an inspection now more than ever.
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