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Subject: driver's side lean
From: "George P." <spitdriver78@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 11:51:29 -0700 (PDT)
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?
George P.
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....

George P. 
'78 Spit
NASS #290

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