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Plus 2 rear ride height / springs - again!

PostPost by: KevinM » Tue May 02, 2023 9:09 am

Hi everyone,

The rear ride height on my plus 2 seems too high (it has Spyder rear springs - non adjustable) and I'm convinced the angle that the rear drive shafts sit at is a large factor in the early demise of my donuts.

Has anyone got recommendations for a set of springs that give a decent ride height / drive shaft angle?

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PostPost by: berni29 » Tue May 02, 2023 8:11 pm

Hi

Are these the smaller Spyder 2 1/4" (I think it is) that you are talking about?

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Tue May 02, 2023 8:51 pm

I believe 12” is the lower accepted. And 14” is the taller. Might be 12.7 and 14.3 ?

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PostPost by: mbell » Tue May 02, 2023 9:59 pm

What is the ride height to top of wheel arches? from memory its normal for them to be 25-26" at rear and look high, then the front 1/2/" to inch lower.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Tue May 02, 2023 10:14 pm

And is that loaded with 500lbs + driver or so?
Does one measure from centre of wheel/hub to wheel arch?
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PostPost by: KevinM » Wed May 03, 2023 7:53 am

berni29 wrote:Hi

Are these the smaller Spyder 2 1/4" (I think it is) that you are talking about?

All the best

Berni

Hi Berni,

No normal sized springs I believe, a direct replacement for the ones they took off when renewing shock absorbers.

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PostPost by: KevinM » Wed May 03, 2023 7:54 am

mbell wrote:What is the ride height to top of wheel arches? from memory its normal for them to be 25-26" at rear and look high, then the front 1/2/" to inch lower.


I will check and get back to you.

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PostPost by: KevinM » Wed May 03, 2023 7:55 am

h20hamelan wrote:I believe 12” is the lower accepted. And 14” is the taller. Might be 12.7 and 14.3 ?

https://www.google.com/search?q=lotusel ... s-wiz-serp

https://www.tonythompsonracing.co.uk/pa ... orms-pair/

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