What we are talking about is the shocks and springs. Extension is when the shock/spring gets longer. This happens when a car goes over a hill, after a bump and coming out of a turn. So saying this, compression is just the opposite , they become shorter. Now in the game we can adjust the speed this happens. A lower setting (#) will allow this to happen faster than a higher setting. So 1 is low and 10 is high. Now the track you are runnig will be a major factor on how you adjust things. A rough track, you want a softer set up. A smother track and a stiffer set up will work. There are a lot of other factors that go into a setup, this is just a simple guide.
If you were to park a car on a lift and then raise it up and then push up on one of the wheels and look at the coil springs (I think that's what they are called), you'll see the coil spring get "compressed" - the coils get pushed closer together...letting go of the wheel you were pushing on will cause the springs, or dampers as they are referred to in GT5, to go back to its original shape - this is the "extension"). The act of compression and extension is also referred to as "damper bound", and "damper rebound".
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Interesting, I don't know anything about setting up a car but am reading this and other post to try and get some idea. I'm still lost but trying. Thanks for the post.
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