[DML] Re: Carbon fiber louvers - New SS frame
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[DML] Re: Carbon fiber louvers - New SS frame

I agree that $300 is a lot of money for bent pieces of metal, but no one can deny:
1) They are 100% accurately sized (I have bolted up two sets on two cars with no fitment issues whatsoever)
2) Weld beads are very well done (the entire backside of each bushing tube is a giant weld bead)

I did not like the way Ed butted the bushings against the shock towers, so I butted mine against hardened washers. That of course changed the mounting angle of each bracket. In such a situation having bushings at both ends is an advantage.

Bill Robertson

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@...> wrote:
> On 28/12/2011 16:25, content22207 wrote:
> > Since you keep insisting that there is no problem with the stock setup (despite working on a radical replacement yourself...) the absolutely micronial amount of fore/aft compliance left in my suspension should be fine with you.
> Stop mis-quoting me will you?! Who said anything about radical? I have 
> my design in my head which is where it'll stay until I get the chance to 
> trial it. It'll be self-supporting except where it transfers forces to 
> the chassis that the chassis was designed to handle. I'm not in any 
> hurry because I doubt very much there'll be much of a market to sell it 
> to, any more than I have people beating down my door to buy my all-round 
> 4-pot brake and vented disc upgrade, which I know you'd be crowing about 
> if you ever got the chance to drive a car equipped with it. It's 
> something I wanted to do for myself originally.
> I don't like the way Ed's reinforcement puts extra loading on the lower 
> arm mounts. I don't like the way they are in single shear, I don't like 
> putting a formed flat steel bar in compression, I don't like that bushes 
> which were designed to be loaded radially are being used with axial 
> loading and I don't like the way he felt the need to bush the join 
> between the reinforcement bar and lower arm - this would be a solid join 
> if it were to be a true lower wishbone. I also don't like the price he 
> sells the kit for! (partly because it'd be tough for me to compete with 
> my idea, even though it would be an improvement!).
> The video shot by Raphael clearly shows the lower arm being dragged 
> still under braking, even though the movement is much improved. See time 
> index 1:03.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgVfi8Dn6Rk
> Martin


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