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    Tuning Presets FAQ by Big D

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                           Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec
                             "Tuning Presets"
                        By: Big D (Dustin Kulwicki)
                         Email: Vanphinele@aol.com
    
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    Table of Contents
    
    1-What?! Another Tuning Guide?
    2-Some Things you should know before proceding
    3-Tuning For "Pure Speed"
    4-Tuning For "Stable Turning"
    5-Tuning For "Unstable Turning"
    6-Tuning For "Pure Acceleration"
    7-Tuning For "Endurance"
    8-Tuning For "Great Car"
    9-Tuning For "500mph Speed" (NEW!!!)
    10-F.A.Q (NEW!!!)
    11-Email Me!
    12-Copyright
    
    
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                        1-What?! Another Tuning Guide?
    
    Okay, most faqs up there already tell you how to tune a specific car
    to perfection...but sometimes, especially in GT-3, you dont want
    perfection. Thats why I decided to make this faq, to give a sort've
    default on how to tune any car you own to a specific area.
    
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                2-Some Things you should know before proceding
    
    1-These are simply "defaults" on how to tune your car, feel free
    to change other things to reflect your personality.
    
    2-This faq ASSUMES that you have upgraded everything on a car. Its
    Assumed that you have bought the most expensive, and most customized
    upgrades.
    
    3-Some Cars in GT-3 Wont let you modify all the settings. And so with
    those cars..umm..I guess you cant tune them properly, but usually 
    that isnt a problem at all.
    
    4-Dont be afraid to Mix up some of the Tuning guides, yes, they can
    be mixed quite easily for a steady average. Just find the averages of
    all the numbers. It creates many possible combinations to tune your
    car, as it should be. 
    
    5-In some Rare Cases, a Car may not perform exactly like the guide
    states, this is fine...Some cars just wont. Also, some cars may
    perform even better. So just go with an open mind is all i ask.
    
    NEW!!!   6-On hte Gear Ratio.. if i say "+10" it means to push -> 10
    times on the controller, and if i say "-10" it means to push <- 10
    times on the controller. A lot of people got confused, sorry!
    
    7-SOME Settings are listed in Percents, Shown Below is an example
    of a Bar and Where you would set That specific Percent.
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    |   10%                      50%                    90%   |
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                          3-Tuning For "Pure Speed"
    
    Okay...Pure speed is only suggested for the tracks that dont curve a
    whole lot..However, these cars Can be driven on turning Roads, they
    just require Expert drivers, which many of us are not. 
                              
                         Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    SPRING SETTINGS
    Spring Rate:         75%             75%
    Ride Height:         0%              0%      
    Shock Bound:         60%             60%
    Shock Rebound:       100%            100%
    Camber Angle:        4.0             2.5
    Toe Angle:           0.0             0.0
    Stabilizers:         20%             20%
    
    BRAKE SETTINGS       Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Brake Balance:       25%             25%
    
    GEAR SETTINGS
    Gear Ratio
    Auto Setting: 100% Wide
    1st: -20
    2nd: -40 
    3rd: -60
    4th: -80 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    5th: -100 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    6th: -ALL
    7th: -ALL
    Final: 35-50% (you Judge)
    
    OTHER SETTINGS (Not Required) Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Downforce:                    75%             25%
    ASM:                          Level 3
    TCS:                          Level 3
    
    TIRE SETTINGS                 Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Tires:                        Racing Medium   Racing Medium
    
    Other Notes
    The Spring Settings are pretty straight-forward...
    
    Brake Settings however can be modified to suit you, but the higher 
    you set them, the faster you will brake, however, the less youll be 
    able to turn at high speeds. 
    
    Gear Settings Usually Work Wonders. The Final is more of
    an Acceleration Setting, If its more toward 50%, you will Accel a 
    bit Faster, But if its more toward 35%, you will Peak more speed. 
    
    The Downforce isnt a Requirement, and doesnt aid the speed that 
    much, if you do have it, and use the settings though, it should help 
    with cornering at high speeds. 
    
    ASM and TCS just serve to slow the vehicle down with Accel and speed 
    at Certain points in Racing (Such as a Turn or an unbalanced Road). 
    Thats why there at a lower level. 
    
    The Tires Dont Really matter, However, I would not suggest going 
    BELOW a Medium Racing Tire because of the Turning loss.
    
    Be Careful when Heading into a Turn damnit! ..I Wouldnt use this 
    setting on a Track where the Roads are surrounded by Dirt EVER, 
    because when you see your speed kick up, and that turns coming..What
    are you going to do? ..you might slow down if your paying attention..
    but usually It isnt fast enough, so just be careful. 
    
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                          4-Tuning For "Stable Turning"
    
    Okay...You know those tracks where its Straightaway Then a REALLY
    Sharp turn..And every time you hit the freak'n Wall?!?! ..Well..fear
    no more, with careful braking, leading up, this will have you around
    them in no-time. Hopefully.. 
                              
                         Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    SPRING SETTINGS
    Spring Rate:         35%             50%
    Ride Height:         10%             10%      
    Shock Bound:         40%             30%
    Shock Rebound:       90%             60%
    Camber Angle:        7.5             5.5
    Toe Angle:           0.0             0.5
    Stabilizers:         50%             50%
    
    BRAKE SETTINGS       Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Brake Balance:       45%             45%
    
    GEAR SETTINGS        Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    LS Initial Torque:   50%             15%
    LS Accel:            50%             62.5%
    LS Decel:            50%             47.5%
    
    Gear Ratio
    Auto Setting: 50% Sports-Wide
    1st: +10
    2nd: +0 
    3rd: -10
    4th: -20 
    5th: -30 
    6th: -40 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    7th: -50 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    Final: 35-50% (you Judge)
    
    OTHER SETTINGS (Not Required) Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Downforce:                    25%             75%
    ASM:                          Level 5
    TCS:                          Level 5
    
    TIRE SETTINGS            Front              Rear (If Appliable)
    Tires:                   Racing Super-Soft  Racing Super-Soft
    
    Other Notes
    The Spring Settings are pretty straight-forward...
    
    Brake Settings Should stay the same..but the higher you set them, the
    faster you will brake, however, the less youll be able to turn at 
    high speeds. 
    
    The Limited Slip Settings Are Critical to this design too, if you
    Reverse them, all you will do is "Lock-Up" when you want to turn, 
    this helps a Great deal. Keep Reading if you want to know what 
    "lock-up" Means..i define it below. 
    
    Gear Settings Help to keep you from going to fast..
    The Final is more of an Acceleration Setting, If its more toward 
    50%, you will Accel a bit Faster, But if its more toward 35%, you 
    will Peak more speed.
    
    The Downforce is a Great thing to have because you can tell the Rear 
    to stay inward.
    
    ASM and TCS just serve to slow the vehicle down with Accel and speed 
    at Certain points in Racing (Such as a Turn or an unbalanced Road). 
    Thats why there at a Medium level, They'll kick in if your in a Rough
    Turn that you might spin out on. 
    
    The Tires Can be Critical to this setting..Try not to downgrade them
    to much, as it will reduce your turning capability.
    
    When you have a Car At this setting, You will "Lock-Up" a lot, Lock 
    up is a Race term to describe when you got a Rough turn, and you hit
    the brakes, and your Car Brakes, and it turns, But it keeps going
    one Direction. Thats Lockup, In Order to Prevent this, take every
    turn like you love it. Get into A Proper Position and BRAKE BRAKE
    BRAKE! before each turn, otherwise Lock-Up will throw you into a 
    corner.
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                          5-Tuning For "Unstable Turning"
    
    Oh Boy..What Fun What Fun..These settings are Funny to Play when your
    on a Dirt Track, Especially in an Overly Fast Car. (Like the Escudo)
    Some People Prefer This type of Steering to "Stable Turning"
    Personaly? i enjoy Unstable turning more..but if i really want to win
    on a HARD Race, ill go with Stable..
                              
                         Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    SPRING SETTINGS
    Spring Rate:         75%             75%
    Ride Height:         0%              0%      
    Shock Bound:         70%             70%
    Shock Rebound:       70%             70%
    Camber Angle:        4.5             2.5
    Toe Angle:           0.0             -2.0
    Stabilizers:         20%             20%
    
    BRAKE SETTINGS       Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Brake Balance:       25%             25%
    
    GEAR SETTINGS        Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    LS Initial Torque:   50%             15%
    LS Accel:            50%             62.5%
    LS Decel:            50%             47.5%
    
    Gear Ratio
    Auto Setting: 50% Sports-Wide
    1st: +10
    2nd: +0 
    3rd: -10
    4th: -20 
    5th: -30 
    6th: -40 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    7th: -50 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    Final: 35-50% (you Judge)
    
    OTHER SETTINGS (Not Required) Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Downforce:                    75%             25%
    ASM:                          Level 10
    TCS:                          Level 5
    
    TIRE SETTINGS            Front              Rear (If Appliable)
    Tires:                   Racing Super-Soft  Racing Super-Soft
    
    Other Notes
    You Can Toy with the Camber Angle..Generally, The higher you set it,
    The Better you turn, but it will slow braking if you push it to hard.
    
    Brake Settings Can be varied...but the higher you set them, the
    faster you will brake, however, the less youll be able to turn at 
    high speeds. 
    
    The Limited Slip Settings Are Critical to this design. I would only
    suggest Toying with them if you know what your doing..Otherwise keep
    them set. 
    
    Gear Settings Help to keep you from going to fast..
    The Final is more of an Acceleration Setting, If its more toward 
    50%, you will Accel a bit Faster, But if its more toward 35%, you 
    will Peak more speed.
    
    The Downforce is a Great thing to have In this type of setup because
    you can make the front rear blunt, so the wind "bounces" and the rear
    sharp as a knife..It cuts the wind, and so It helps Oversteer.
    
    ASM and TCS Can be modified generally up and down here, pick out what
    you want..
    
    The Tires Dont seem to have as much as an effect as I would have 
    thought, Try Keeping it Above Medium Racing though. Also, You can 
    Make the Front Tires More Grippy than the Rears for Extra Effect.
    
    A Nice Setting in My opinion, This setting tends to make use of the
    Handbrake more-so then your basic Brakes, so try using that, 
    experiment, sometimes, With this setting, you can bounce of the wall
    on a Pin-Corner and make it faster than just taking it all slow and
    nice.
    
    Spinouts Are indeed common, as one would guess..But they can be
    avoided if you drive careful enough. If you find that you are 
    spinning Out too much, Try switching the Tires to a more-Grippy type
    and also use the Regular brake more often. Dont be afraid to let up
    on the Gas either.
    
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                        6-Tuning For "Pure Acceleration"
    
    This is an Ideal setting for a Track with Rough Turns and Lotsa Dirt.
    Tracks that you find yourself on Screwing up on A bit Too Much. 
                              
                         Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    SPRING SETTINGS
    Spring Rate:         75%             75%
    Ride Height:         0%              0%      
    Shock Bound:         70%             70%
    Shock Rebound:       70%             70%
    Camber Angle:        4.5             2.5
    Toe Angle:           0.0             0.0
    Stabilizers:         50%             50%
    
    BRAKE SETTINGS       Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Brake Balance:       45%             45%
    
    GEAR SETTINGS        Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    LS Initial Torque:   50%             15%
    LS Accel:            50%             62.5%
    LS Decel:            50%             47.5%
    
    Gear Ratio
    Auto Setting: 100% Wide
    1st: -250
    2nd: +45 
    3rd: +38
    4th: +40 
    5th: +32 
    6th: -10
    7th: -20
    Final: 49.5% (Critical)
    
    OTHER SETTINGS (Not Required) Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Downforce:                    25%             75%
    ASM:                          Level 5
    TCS:                          Level 5
    
    TIRE SETTINGS            Front              Rear (If Appliable)
    Tires:  (CRITICAL)       Racing Super-Soft  Racing Super-Soft
    
    Other Notes
    The Spring Settings are pretty straight-forward...
    
    Brake Settings Should stay the same..but the higher you set them, the
    faster you will brake, however, the less youll be able to turn at 
    high speeds. 
    
    Limited Slip Isnt Increadibly Important..but those seem to work the
    best..
    
    The Gear setting is main part of the Acceleration Process, your max
    speed will be hindered, but the values you get on accel Should be
    Quite Fast for that specific car.
    
    The TCS Setting Is Highly important here, If its set to high, your
    wheels are harder to turn, if its set to low, your wheels spinout 
    like crazy, and you loose precious time. A Nice Average is usually
    proper.
    
    I Cannot Stress how important the Tires are here..Mixing tires i
    usually recomend, but here its a big no-no. Also, Super-Softs are the
    Absolute best for Accel, they stick to the pavement like glue and
    your car rockets if you use them, Accel Drops as you downgrade tires.
    It Drops even more if you mix them.
    
    This setting is only for the "Hard" Tracks you have trouble with on
    Recovery. It Also gives insight on how to tune a car for that extra
    speed bonus when you need it.
    
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                           7-Tuning For "Endurance"
    
    Endurance Tuning Only Requires a Few Settings, Most Importantly of
    which, is the tires.
    
    Things to Change
    
    Camber Angle: Add an Extra 2-3 On Each Side. This makes it when your
    taking a corner, Your Wheel wont Change colors as Quickly. Make sure
    you add equally, if you add 2 to the Front, add 2 to the Rear.
    
    Tires: This is the most important thing to chance...Its Rather simple
    First off, Make sure the tires are the Same Type, if you differ them,
    One will change color at a different pace, which will offset Turning,
    Accel, Max Speed, and a lot of other features, so keep them the same.
    Next, Make SURE you dont go above Medium-Soft Grade Tires, I would
    suggest you take Medium-Slick. The Lower Grade Tire you take, the
    less turning you have, but the Longer it will last, You might think
    that a Super-Soft in its worst condition is better than a Super Slick
    In its best condition, but that is False. Any tire in its worse
    condition is Worse than a Normal Tire, which is far worse than any
    Racing Tire. 
    
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                          8-Tuning For "Great Car"
    
    This is a General Thing to Apply to all Newly Bought Car, Its like
    an "All-Rounder" Generally. It turns the car into an all-purpose car.
    However, it also grants the car a Nice upgrade from Store-bought
    qualities.
                              
                         Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    SPRING SETTINGS
    Spring Rate:         75%             75%
    Ride Height:         0%              0%      
    Shock Bound:         45%             45%
    Shock Rebound:       75%             75%
    Camber Angle:        4.5             2.5
    Toe Angle:           0.0             0.0
    Stabilizers:         50%             50%
    
    BRAKE SETTINGS       Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Brake Balance:       15%             15%
    
    GEAR SETTINGS
    Gear Ratio
    Auto Setting: 100% Wide
    1st: +30
    2nd: -20 
    3rd: -30
    4th: -40
    5th: -50 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    6th: -ALL
    7th: -ALL
    Final: 45-65% (you Judge)
    
    OTHER SETTINGS (Not Required) Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Downforce:                    Up to You
    ASM:                          Level 5
    TCS:                          Level 5
    
    TIRE SETTINGS                 Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Tires:                        Racing Medium   Racing Medium
    
    Other Notes
    The Spring Settings are pretty straight-forward...Always Keep The
    Ride Height as low as possible.
    
    Brake Settings can be modified to suit you, but the higher 
    you set them, the faster you will brake, however, the less youll be 
    able to turn at high speeds. 
    
    Gear Settings Usually Work Wonders. The Final is more of
    an Acceleration Setting, If its more toward 65%, you will Accel a 
    bit Faster, But if its more toward 45%, you will Peak more speed. 
    
    The Downforce is Really Up to you, It Depends on If you want
    Oversteer or not.
    
    Id suggest leaving the ACM And TCS Alone here, When they flash down
    on your Hud, that lets you know when there working, so if you catch
    one flashing a time when you didnt want it to flash, then lower the
    setting.
    
    The Tires are Pretty Variable in Both aspects here, I would suggest
    keeping them the same because if there different, you will Suffer in
    Acceleration.
    
    This is Pretty much an Ideal setting for most cars, Set it up like
    this, and you should see a Base Improvement. 
    
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                          9-Tuning For "500mph Speed"
    
    This is setting is Mainly used on the Escudo only, because its the
    only car that has the Horse Power or the Torque to manage this setting,
    however, your welcome to try it with other cars, but on a personal note,
    I would'nt waste your time with slow cars, only the fastest should go
    here. If you do use the escudo, it will break 600mph only on the Gigantic
    circular Track, dont use this setting on any other track, but the Test Course.
    just trust me. 
                              
                         Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    SPRING SETTINGS
    Spring Rate:         0%              0%
    Ride Height:         0%              0%      
    Shock Bound:         70%             70%
    Shock Rebound:       70%             70%
    Camber Angle:        0.0             0.0
    Toe Angle:           0.0             0.0
    Stabilizers:         50%             50%
    
    BRAKE SETTINGS       Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Brake Balance:       30%             30%
    
    GEAR SETTINGS        Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    LS Initial Torque:   0%              0%
    LS Accel:            0%              0%
    LS Decel:            0%              0%
    
    Gear Ratio  (CRITICAL!!!)
    Auto Setting: 100% Wide
    1st: -500 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    2nd: -500 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    3rd: -500 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    4th: -500 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    5th: -500 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    6th: -500 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    7th: -500 (If It Stops, its okay, leave it there)
    Final: 45-50% (you Judge)
    
    OTHER SETTINGS (Not Required) Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Downforce:                    0%              100%
    ASM:                          Level 0
    TCS:                          Level 0
    
    TIRE SETTINGS                 Front           Rear (If Appliable)
    Tires:                        Super-Softs      Super-Softs
    
    Other Notes
    Spring Settings Dont really matter in this set. 
    
    The Brake Settings dont matter really in this set.
    
    The Gear settings are Critical. Dont Touch them, make sure you
    follow them exactly, just generally hold <- down until it stops.
    
    The Downforce IS a requirement, and once you hit 215-230, youll find
    out why. 
    
    ASM and TCS just serve to slow the vehicle down with Accel and speed 
    at Certain points in Racing (Such as a Turn or an unbalanced Road). 
    And with this, you Dont want them to touch your gears. 
    
    The Tires 
    YEA! ..Take Supa-Softs ONLY for this one.
    
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    				F.A.Q
    
    1-Ive Followed one of your preset guides and my car is running grand,
    but is there anyway to push it up another level Further?
    A-Yes, theres probably ways even I hav'nt found out about yet, that
    can influence a car greatly. Never forget that as you use a car, its
    stats *SLOWLY* decrease from wear a tear. CONSTANT Oil changes slow
    this down, but there is no way to prevent it other than to Rebuy the 
    car or Rewin the car, however you got it. Try Bumping the Camber Angle
    up 2, or reverse, ive found both to have intristing effects and its
    really up to the driver depending on his/her style. You can also 
    tweak the Gear Ratio a bit further, for more speed/accel Generally,
    if you want more Accel, do +5-10 to each, more Accel, do -5-10
    Accordingly... 
    
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                                 Email Me!
                             VanPhinele@aol.com
    Yeah..Feedback is welcome of course..along with all that other stuff
    Yes, if you have a better setting for something you can mail it to me
    ..But Im very lazy..so i dont know if ill upgrade this..If enough get
    sent in, It might convince me.. Anyway..Yeah!
    
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                 * Copyrighted to Dustin M. Kulwicki 2001 *
    Yes yes, Just like the website says, All my Stuff is Copyrighted. If
    your just Dying to use some of my material..Simply ask..Email me, 
    Yes, ill probably mail you back the same day, Yes, I WILL mail you 
    back, i promise. Odds are ill let you use what you want..A Great 
    Artist once said "Good Artists Create, But Great Artists Steal" ..i
    think it was picasso..one of them famous guys..anyway..Thanks For
    Reading this if you bothered..
    

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