[DML] Re: Front Ride Height Intentions - Documented Proof
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[DML] Re: Front Ride Height Intentions - Documented Proof



This is not exactly a "smoking gun". It does offer some insight into
what one engineer thought about the ride height as far as the "look"
was concerned. The explanation that it was cheaper to use cheaper
springs that made the car ride high doesn't sound right. In the
quantities that the  springs would have been ordered it would not have
cost any extra to have the springs reduced a coil, in fact they
probably could have saved a small amount! Setting ride height is a
complicated process which affects several aspects of the suspension.
It is not simply a matter of changing a spring. You do not set the
ride height based on looks. If that was the issue some of it could
have been addressed by changing the fender or the front spoiler. I
have also heard that the front was raised because of the DOT. If that
is the case you would think it would be easy to find the paper trail
that caused the height to be raised. Instead we see very early that
the ride height was high and that someone considered lowering it. It
would now seem that the ride height is where the designers wanted it
to be for whatever reason. By lowering the ride height you are
reducing suspension travel increasing the potential to "bottom out".
You are also reducing the ground clearance increasing the chance of
catching the frame or suspension on obsticles in the road like raised
manholes, deep potholes, driveways, etc.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757



--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Shannon Yocom <ssdelorean@...> wrote:
>
> As previously discussed about the "nose high" look of stock
DeLoreans and the
> "intended ride height"... I have run across some physical proof that
the nose
> high look was NOT the intentions of the DeLorean Motor Company. See an
> inter-office memo from C. R. Brown at the link below.
> 
> http://www.ohiodeloreans.com/ss/DMCRideHeight.jpg
> 







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