[DML] Trailing arm bolts
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[DML] Trailing arm bolts



 
  I always find the TAB discussion interesting, esp. when it concerns 
my support kits that I used to make. It seems to me that anyone 
concerned about the twisting motion of the trailing arm being too 
restricted by the kit maybe hasn't actually seen one. This kit merely 
provided additional support on the outside of the TA through a rubber 
bushing which allowed some movement. I realize that if something 
can't flex it will break. This is why I have never been a fan of 
super hard bolts because of the fear that if it broke under super 
stress you would lose total control. If the bolt stretches and bends 
at least it is still there. These bolts must be inspected 
periodically for bending no matter what. I always felt that the 
biggest problem was caused by hard braking on rough roads, not 
acceleration. The brakes are stronger than the engine.
Of all the kits I sold I never received word of a TAB or a kit  
failure. I only had one kit returned to me and that was because the 
owner didn't want to drill holes in the frame.
  Back when I brought these out the primary access to DMC owners was 
through the DOA. I never felt that I got much support from him(oops, 
I meant them). When I first attempted to advertise the kits in the DW 
I had to send a sample to Don Steiger for his approval. I always 
wondered if Ed had to go through the same approval process.
  Anyhow, sorry about the sarcasm. The kits did work and I know that 
there are still DMC's running them.
  The main thing is to maintain the bolts whether stock or otherwise.
If you drive hard they should be checked more often just like 
anything else. Make sure they aren't bent and are not seized in the 
trailing arm. Dave








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