Re: [DML] Wishbone LCA's
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Re: [DML] Wishbone LCA's

If you're still not planning on removing the springs, remember the trick I told you about 1/2" bolt shanks. If you don't do that, the LCA will drop (at the pivot end) as soon as pivot bolt is removed and you'll never get it lined up again -- at least not until the springs are removed.

Are you going to butt the brackets against the shock towers, or are you going to stand them off with hardened washers? If you're going to stand them off, you'll need to order some longer bolts (if your brackets show up with Grade 5 bolts you might want to order replacement Grade 8's anyway).

You'll need longer bolts as well if you're going to overlay the bracket bushing lips with fender washers. I received an eMail in the fall from an owner who reported that his brackets were pulling through the bushings (the only thing that prevents the brackets from doing that are the lips on the bushings).

This is how I installed mine:

Bill Robertson

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Stephen Rice <stevedmc@...> wrote:
> Let it be known that I'm about to drink the LCA bracket Koolaid.  I
> ordered a set yesterday and am looking forward to installing them.
> I'm planning to install them this Saturday but I'm so excited I might
> do it the day they arrive.  FedEx is scheduled to deliver them
> tomorrow.
> -Steve Rice
> #16510
> On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM, content22207 <brobertson@...> wrote:
> > The LCA is very narrow (and it gets even narrower where the pivot bolt passes through). It is inherently wiggly fore/aft. You need something to hold it in place or the damn thing will simply fold up underneath the car. Hence the OEM swaybar design (more genius Lotus engineering -- make a sway bar try to do something swaybars were never intended to do).
> >
> > Ed's brackets go a very long way towards making the narrow LCA into a U shaped component, akin to the upper control arm. Are they still minimally compliant fore/aft? Yes, of course. Is that compliance even material? No, especially given the polyurethance material the bushings are made from.
> >
> > We've had this discussion before. You don't like Ed's brackets because they have bushings at the LCA interface. Your objection reminds me of an accountant who refuses to close the books simply because his accounts are one or two pennies off -- the effect is so minimal that the objection is laughable. You are objecting on principle alone, not on any real world effect.
> >
> > Moreover, you and the rip-the-swaybar-mounts-off crowd need to get your objections straight. Either Ed's brackets are so ineffective that the swaybar mounts aren't even a concern, or Ed's brackets are so effective that the swaybar will rip itself off the crumple extension the first time the LCA moves up & down.
> >
> > Bill Robertson
> > #5939
> >
> >


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