RE: [DML] update on #2613's springs
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RE: [DML] update on #2613's springs



Hi Farrar,
 
I had my car (VIN 3579) lowered by Rob Grady. He did a great job, the price was excellent, and the handling is immensely improved. No way I would go back to stock setup. I've put ~10,000 miles on the car since then, on Michelin Pilots. No sign of any abnormal tire wear pattern. An unrelated complaint is that the tire compound for the Michelin rears seems to be exceptionally soft, they are wearing faster than the fronts. This was discussed at some length in this online group a year or two ago. But wear pattern is normal both front and rear.
 
The only potential problem I'm aware of is while turning sharply and simultaneously going over a bump with the lowered front suspension. If it is too low the tire will rub on the fender well, pretty much right at the top. With proper springs and setup this should not be happening.
 
Overall I'm extremely happy with my lowered suspension. If you're having problems then something about your installation (or the configuration/setup of your front suspensions) is probably not right. My suggestion would be to let an expert (for instance, someone like Rob) take a look before doing anything. 
 
IMHO the best setup is the lowered suspension. If I understand correctly the suspension was originally designed for the lower height, and was raised to conform to US standards for bumper heights. After much messing around it might well be that you will find yourself with a lowered suspension some years/miles down the road from now. You might shortcut your route to that solution by going just a little slower right now, getting some expert advice,...
 
Incidentally, Rob rides with lowered suspension in his car. I think that has to say something pretty clear regarding what is the best setup.
 
Pete Cameron

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From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Farrar Hudkins
Sent: Thu 4/3/2008 10:39 AM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DML] update on #2613's springs



On second thought, I want to buy springs -- not swap. When I looked at
some photos of the underside of my car, I realized that the
super-short springs are actually harmful. Since the camber of the car
can't be adjusted, it makes the tires wear on the inside very badly
(even after just a few thousand miles, the inside tread is almost
bald), and I have some badly scraped brackets down there which have
exposes me to rust damage. Not wanting anyone else to deal with these
problems, I think I will simply give the springs to the local shop in
exhange for some labor, and recommend that they not be put on another
DeLorean.

Thanks,
Farrar Hudkins
#2613

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