Re: [DML] springs and shocks
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Re: [DML] springs and shocks

To add to Chris' statement, you also need to make sure the springs are seated properly in the "pockets".  Many times spring pockets are ramped and have a particular point where the end of the spring is supposed to be positioned.  (I believe this is the case on the Delorean's upper front spring pockets and the upper and lower on the rear.  It's been a while since I loked at these mounts so please correct me if I'm mistaken.)  A spring installed and not rotated to the correct position can effectively make the spring longer by a coil diameter which multiplies to even more at the wheel.

VIN 2650 ("Project Delorean")

----- Original Message ----
From: Qume Fox <qumefox@xxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 9:46:44 PM
Subject: Re: [DML] springs and shocks

--- In dmcnews@yahoogroups .com, "spaceace3113" <spaceace3113@ ...> wrote:
> what you should know is that the springs will in time settle abit to
> the desired/ engineered height

I'm getting kind of tired of seeing this. Springs don't 'settle', at
least not quickly. They might over decades though. What's really
happening is that people are forgetting to loosen and BREAK LOOSE the
upper and lower control arm bolts going through the frame when they
change springs. When you forget this little step, the bushings are
still torqued down at the old spring height. These bushings are quite
strong when intact. They effect spring rate more than you think, and
cars with new bushings will be stiffer with the exact same springs. So
the 'settling' that people talking about happens as the bushings
slowly twist.. and sometimes tear, until they reach equalibrium with
the new springs. 

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