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Ok I've had it. I need professional HELP... Ride height

PostPost by: holywood3645 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:52 am

Just spent (wasted) 3 days chasing a lop sided elan. I really don't want to re-live the pain, so I will pass on the details and get to the point. I need a good suspension setup guy in So California that can fit adjustable perches & springs to the 'rear' of my elan. I need them to fit the parts, set up all the steering geometry, and do the corner weights. I'm usually a pretty patient person and can work these things out, however this has beaten me.

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PostPost by: twincamman » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:15 am

welllll I always thought the spring rate was such to compensate for the drivers weight ---mine leans high to the driver side so when my old fat body gets on board the chassis goes to level ----ed
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PostPost by: cal44 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:47 pm


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PostPost by: Tonyw » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Hi all,

Can someone please measure the clearance between the chassis cross member (air vacuum tank) and the ground? I think my Elan DHC is to low on the front.

Thanks in advance,

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PostPost by: collins_dan » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:44 pm

I can't provide a measurement for that right now, but what I can say is that measuring the sills (both front and back, and both side) is a good way to check. Another thread mentioned that they should be 6 inches at all four locations. Mine were about 1/2 inch low in front and once I raised it up, the steering felt much less heavy, nice and light and responsive as I remembered it. Mine is more like 5 1/2 inches in all four locations due to lower profile tires than stock. Dan
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:59 pm

I would have thought that the most important factor is to have the correct suspension geometry so ride height is dependent on tyre size and, to an extent, inflation. :wink:
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