[DMCForum] new torsion bar procedure
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[DMCForum] new torsion bar procedure

I was repairing the torsion bar area of a DeLorean yesterday and made some
relevant observations:

1) Both torsion bars on this car rubbed the hinges and had worn spots
could eventually lead to a broken torsion bar.

2) Performing the standard screw-down repair on the sub-panel did not
the problem.  This is a low mileage car (~ 4300 miles) very well
and the sub-panel did not appear to have come completely unglued (yet)
on most cars.

3) I loosened the outer bolt on the torsion bar retaining bracket, and
suddenly there was adequate clearance between the bar and the hinge!  I
thought, "What the f...?"  So I tightened the bracket back down and the
rested against the hinge as before.

4) I studied the problem and noticed that the rear sub-panel was made in
such a way that when the spline brackets are tight, this forces the
bars to flex inward where they rub the hinges.

5) The obvious fix was to install a washer between the rear sub-panel &
spline bracket.  This took enough of the bend out of the sway bar to give
enough clearance so that it doesn't rub the hinge anymore.

6) Cool!

7) Try this at your own risk and remember that it requires special tools &
procedures to adjust a torsion bar or you will break your rear window or

Y'all let me know what you think of this.  I'm going to try it on my car
well since screwing my sub-panel down still didn't provide quite enough
clearance either.  If you held a straight edge against the mounting
for the spline bracket, you will see that the engineers aimed the torsion
bars too far toward the center of the car.


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