[DML] Re: Pearce Design Correction
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[DML] Re: Pearce Design Correction

The way it attaches to the frame is significantly and structurally 
different from the stock trailing arm, and it would attach in places 
that DMC never intended and did not reinforce. 

At the risk of continuing one of those "what if" threads... but 
having seen/installed a Pearce frame, it occurs to me that installing 
the Pearce TA setup on a standard frame would require the body to be 
off the car, cutting out of the original mount, welding in 
reinforcement steel, re-coating the disturbed areas, etc. All of 
which would drastically reduce the potential market for the product 
and increase the cost of installing it to within range of swapping 
out the whole frame. Not to mention having to engineer it without 
knowing all design parameters of the original frame. 

Dave S

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "d_rex_2002" <rich@...> wrote:
> Marc and others,
> With so many issues of OEM frame tolerances and the many
> more issues of OEM frame rust, I do not think that PDC
> would want to go down the route of trying to make a kit
> that would work on OEM frames, IF the frame was within
> tolerances and IF the frame was in very good, rust free
> condition and IF the OEM trailing arms are also rust free.
> Of course, proper installation would be critical to correct
> operation and there are way too many IF's to insure that all
> these conditions have been met.  The one an only retrofit to
> use stock trailing arms was done on Bryan's proto SS frame.
> However, if there is enough interest, maybe PDC can build a
> more cost effective, powder-coated steel frame with all the
> PDC improvements, for those who are unwilling or unable to
> "pull the trigger" and go with the full, PDC SS frame setup.
> With steel surcharges still at record levels, this may be
> something that can be explored for the future.
> Later,
> Rich W.
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@> wrote:
> >
> > Byran,
> > 
> > The idea of a SS frame has an obvious appeal to all of
> > us DeLorean nuts, but the price is somewhat
> > prohibitive.  
> > 
> > However, we could all benefit from a "kit" to modify
> > stock frames to use your trailing arm system (and you
> > get to sell them!).
> > 
> > Can you explain why this system can not be
> > retro-fitted to a standard frame?
> > 
> > Thanks.

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