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Handling won't change


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I have this problem for years, with every single patch I've tried. Currently running on PC. (Legal, non-steam version)

So here we go: I want to change the handling in GTA IV to be more realistic, so I downloaded the 'Realistic Driving n Flying 2.7'-Mod by Killatomate85.


Link to the mod: http://www.gtagarage.com/mods/show.php?id=5529

In my root GTA IV folder there is: Xlive.dll, scripthook.dll, scripthookdotnet.asi, the 'scripts' folder and few mods, wich don't interfere with the handling.dat - and even if, I've tried it with a fresh install, without any mods but only the handling.dat by Killatomate85 - handling stays the same. No, I don't even have custom car models.

I tried to delete filelist.pak, replace filelist.pak with the one provided in the folder of the Realistic Driving n Flying-mod, tried other handling mods... handling stays unchanged.

I'm running out of ideas what it could be, but I remember when I was on Patch few years ago, I put 'Filecheckfix.asi' in my root folder and got some weird error in the Filecheckfix.log:

Started ...
Game version is 1.0.4
Files check started
Incorrect file C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\common\data\handling.dat - 0x3F19C08A


(Don't get confused because it says 'Game version is 1.0.4', that was years ago and I still had the log file on my old HD)

I would really appreciate it, if someone here can help me.. I'd be forever grateful, as I have this problem for years and I dislike the default handling very much.





EDIT: I just found out that if I edit the handling.dat myself with 'Handling Editor', the changes are actually present ingame :O

I added a huge center of mass, higher acceleration etc. and it works! BUT... the tires keep drifting and smoking, anyone got a clue

which line to change in the handling.dat to stop that weird behaviour?

And if i open the handling.dat (The realistic one by Killatomate85), the values for suspension etc. are default (vanilla), so wtf? It's not just

with his handling mod, it's with every single one of them. So can anyone please explain to me WHAT is happening?

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Its a bit of a weird problem. None of the modding stuff: xlive, scripthook ect would really have anything to do with handling editing.


Might be a "read only" issue with the file location GTAIV/COMMON/DATA/handling.dat


Editing the details yourself is always a good idea, I would recommend do it manually with notepad than using an editor.


BUT... the tires keep drifting and smoking, anyone got a clue

which line to change in the handling.dat to stop that weird behaviour?



You want the grip values in handling.dat

ADMIRAL 1950.0 0.00 85 0.0 0.0 -0.41 0.0 5 0.133 1.0 155.0 0.22 0.610 0.65 35.0 1.20 1.16 14.4 0.13 0.4828 1.9 1.1 1.1 0.10 -0.13 0.0 0.50 2.0 0.1 1.0 1.5 0.0 1500 440010 0 0




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  • 8 months later...

I have the same issue as FTS. I cant get the aforementioned mod to work on version of GTA IV (retail) !


The handling simply doesnt change, In my root GTA IV folder there is: Xlive.dll (latest version), scripthook.dll, scripthookdotnet.asi

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