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

THE main reason for bringing the nose upwards on a Delorean,was 
because of a safety concern,as the impact zone on the nose of a 
Delorean is ONLY AND ONLY in the Black bumper/ strip zone on the 
front fascia,with the heightened springs it brought the Black rub 
strip area on the fascia in a level plane should it collide or impact 
into another vehicle,you can simply check this out by playing around 
with your Sunstar  Delorean models,if you put another model of the 
same size in the front of a Delorean model,in my case I used a 1978 
Corvette Pace Car model,the black rub strip,or impact zone,with the 
front springs fully lowered,is about half way up on the impact zone
(not very good),yet raising it(the nose on the DMC model) to what the 
factory raised it to, PUTS the impact zone(the black bumper area)
square and flat to where it should be.
You have to remember the impact zone,on a Delorean was engineered 
ONLY in the black area of the front fascia,if impact occurs above the 
black strip(the headlight area or above)  the Delorean has almost 
ZERO impact resistance,meaning that all forces of a impact will be 
aimed at the passengers(along with the hood),the other problem that 
can happen on impact with the lowered suspension,if impact should 
occur above the impact zone what could possibly happen,seeing that 
the hood being hinged in front,and at a raised angle could become 
sort of a SS galatean,impacting with the passengers, that is one 
reason that the Nose of a Delorean was intentally or unintentionally 
made to Shear off, if a very hard impact should occur with a Delorean 
at least that is what happened with Vin # 5520(one of my 
cars)that is the one that lost/broke a ball joint/ lower A arm on the 
Massachusetts Tpke.and went head on,at full highway speed, into a 
little  foreign car and killed one person and paralyzed the other.THE 
complete nose sheared off ,to within 12 inches of the front 
firewall/windshield,because the impact zone worked as it was 
engineered to work.)yet both doors opened perfect.
 From what I could sense,It was a  last minute engineering thing,much 
in the same sense as not using a SS frame,it was to costly to re-
engineer the front impact zone to a much higher level of plain(higher 
up)so rather than do that,it was decided to raise the car(the nose)
using taller springs,giving it the"dog sniffing the air" look,but 
engineered to take a impact in the black bumper/impact  zone.

Hope that explains it 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Eric" <hollywood2311@...> wrote:
> I just measured my own car (100% original suspension), and it 
> in at 17.5 inches from ground to the bottom of the flat black front
> bumper.  A full 1.5 inches more than the 16" as stated in your post
> (and this is obviously not taking into account any "sagging" the 
> suspension has done since it was built nearly 25 years ago).
> Eric Campbell
> Hickory, NC
> VIN 1776
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Mike Bosworth" <mike.bosworth@> 
> >
> > Hi All
> > 
> > It has always been quite a talking point on this side of 
the 'pond' 
> > too, a number of documents i have sourced clearly show the 
> > regulations in the US for bumper heights and damage caused by 
> > impacts to these at the time of the production of the DeLorean. 
> > particular info is taken from:-
> >

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