[DML] Re: Modifying front end..
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[DML] Re: Modifying front end..



The crumple extension is supposed to crumple in a front end collision (assuming the vehicle you run into has a bumper as low as a DeLorean -- chances are you are going to slide underneath until you hit its rear axle).

The crumple extension is not supposed to crumple simply driving down the road, which is unfortunately what they were doing, hence the factory recall.

Bill Robertson
#5939


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@...> wrote:
>
> If you have reinforced the crumple tubes where the ARB mounts, then your car is clearly not a valid data point for advocating the LCA modifications being discussed.
> 
> Again, just to be clear, I am not saying it is good or bad! 
> 
> Can you explain how your custom recall brackets improve handling?  Wouldn't making the crumple tube "significantly stronger" defeat the purpose of a "crumple tube"?
> 
> 
> 
> --- On Mon, 3/12/12, content22207 <brobertson@...> wrote:
> 
> 
> > Those are custom recall brackets. The
> > factory recall brackets transfer upward swaybar forces from
> > a flat piece of 16 gauge low carbon steel (more genius Lotus
> > engineering) to one vertical piece of 16 gauge low carbon
> > steel. My brackets accomplish the same thing, albeit to
> > *TWO* vertical pieces of 16 gauge low carbon steel -- and to
> > a 1/8" thick aluminum I beam (the so called "Heath Robinson"
> > modification that actually makes my crumple extension
> > significantly stronger in the vertical plane than a stock
> > vehicle -- another reason my car handles so well).
> > 
> > Bill Robertson
> > #5939
>




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