I've been reading the "drivers side lean" thread and have some
First, when I got my Spit ('78 US Fed 1500), it had a distinct "dsl" - removed
rear spring, re-arched, reinstalled, lean about 95% gone. 19 years and 40K or
so miles later, it's still about 80% better than when I bought the car.
Second, I've also heard of folks rebuilding their rear spring with one or two
longer leafs to provide more support. Comments??
Third, other racers may correct me here, but my understanding of chassis set-up
(from 8 years on Ferrari of Washington's Ferrari Challenge and Grand-Am GT
team) is that the effects of weight on the chassis is diagonal. In other
words, if the left rear sags from whatever cause, the right front would lift.
*NOT* that the left front would also sag. Now, having said all that, I do
recognize that Spits do tend to lean to one side. So I'll admit to some
confusion here. Maybe someone (Joe C, Paul T, or Terry T) can put this into
layman's terms that we can all understand.
Fourth, Camber Compensator. With a '78 1500, is this "device" of any use to
me, or is it only useful to the older "swing axle" (if I'm even using *that*
term correctly) cars??
Fifth, since I questioned whether or not I used the "swing axle" term
correctly, is there a site with a good description of the different rear
suspensions? Maybe on Paul T's site somewhere?
p.s. - I believe the recent German car to require engine removal for spark plug
change was the Porsche Boxster. I don't think you can even *get* to the engine
from above the car. But I could be completely wrong....
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