<VV> Ride Height
tonyu at roava.net
Thu Oct 6 14:03:10 EDT 2005
At 10:03 hours 10/06/2005, Chris C, Warwick RI wrote:
>Is their any soft of on the car measurement I can take, or is pretty
>much an obvious answer.
>Also, does this mean the shocks are junk also?
The shocks may or may not be shot, but unless they're siezed up, they
will NOT have an effect on ride height. Your problem is
springs. One side is likely sagged badly or maybe even
broken. Earlies seem to exhibit cracked front spring troubles more
so than lates... at least in my experience. For instance, I've
changed out several broken springs in the fronts of earlies but none
in lates. Sagged front springs are a typical issue in all Vairs,
while the rear springs don't seem to sag as often although they
My bet is a front spring that's sagged or cracked.
Try a simple trick to narrow things down. If you have a floor jack,
pick the car up by the center of the front crossmember and check the
ride height in the back at the tops of the wheel wells to the
ground. If both sides are the same, the problem is in the front
springs. Check the "low side" spring and see if it's broken. You
might have to look up inside the shock tower to check all of the
spring. It may only be sagged and not cracked but it's a good idea
to check it while you're there.
Either way, front spring replacement is not all that terribly
difficult if you have a spring compressor (rent one at the local
rent-a-joint) and some tools to include a ball joint removal tool
(also can be had at the rent-a-joint). You can do it yourself if
you're *careful* and/or have a knowledgeable Vair guy available to
lend a hand. In any event, the shocks have to come out to remove
the springs on an early model Vair. That's usually the hardest part
about swapping springs if the shocks have been on the car for many
years... wrestling with the top securing nuts.
By the way, you should replace springs in pairs. Vendors could fix
you up with a couple of springs. You might wanna consider HD
replacement springs for the car. Handling improvements with HD
springs up front may surprise you.
>Two kids, Xmas is coming.
I hear ya...
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