[DML] Re: Upgraded Front Suspension
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[DML] Re: Upgraded Front Suspension



As stated, I will gladly trade cars with someone for the DMA driving tour if a third party wants to render an independent verdict.

Bill Robertson
#5939


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "jtrealtywebspannet" <jtrealty@...> wrote:
>
> Lotus (the company that designed the suspension) tried to make each part do at least 2 things. Their design philosophy was to "Add Lightness" by using the minimum # of parts and having every part do as much as possible. If you think the front suspension is underdesigned you need to look at some other Lotus designs! On one of their designs they used the half-shaft in the rear to double as the lower control arm! It was marginal to begin with and when it got worn the fun begins! The biggest problem with "upgrades" is it adds weight and expense. Both of which the original designer and manufacturer was trying to keep as low as possible. If they made everything to your specs Bill, the car would have been unaffordable. For what it is it didn't turn out too bad.
> David Teitelbaum
> 
> 
> 
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "content22207" <brobertson@> wrote:
> >
> > I turned the sway bar bushings around (meaty portion towards the rear). I also am using rubber sway bar bushings, not polyurethane (more squish). Combined with inherent sway bar flex, which BTW is why LCA's won't stay put in the original design (stand a sway bar on end and pull on it -- they are bendy as can be and totally unsuitable for use as thrust arms), my front end goes through its *PROPER* range of motion effortlessly.
> > 
> > For the morbidly curious, this is what your LCA's are doing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMHO4Aydk04
> > Mine don't do that.
> > 
> > Bill Robertson
> > #5939
> > 
> > 
> > --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@> wrote:
> > >
> > > With no flexibility in the LCA, keep your eye on the ARB mounts!!  The ARB may not flex enough on their own to accommodate the arc of the suspension travel. 
> > > 
> > > 
> > > 
> > > --- On Thu, 10/20/11, content22207 <brobertson@> wrote:
> > > 
> > > > From: content22207 <brobertson@>
> > > > Subject: [DML] Upgraded Front Suspension
> > > > To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > > Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 11:20 PM
> > > > I just drove from the NC/SC border to
> > > > DC on my new front suspension: Byrne's LCA's *AND* Ed's
> > > > outriggers. The combined effect is nothing short of
> > > > revolutionary. This is the way these cars should have been
> > > > built in the first place. If people promise not to crash my
> > > > car, I will let them test drive it at DMA this weekend.
> > > > 
> > > > Anyone who has ever removed their sway bar knows how floppy
> > > > OEM LCA's are (let's be brutally honest -- they're
> > > > unacceptably floppy even with the sway bar in place). Even
> > > > before my sway bar was reattached, the lower "wishbones" had
> > > > absolutely no fore/aft movement whatsoever.  
> > > > 
> > > > Bill Robertson
> > > > #5939
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > > > 
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