Fwd: RE: <VV> Ride Height
Chris C, Warwick RI
ricorvair at cox.net
Tue Oct 18 13:49:16 EDT 2005
>Thanks for all the replies.
>Equalized the tire pressure and checked 185/80/13 all the way around. 20
>in front 25 in rear
>Finally got the car into the garage to do some testing. Here is what I
>On all four
>22 7/8" 24 1/4"
>21 7/8 23 1/8
>If I jack it up from the middle of the cross member the passenger side of
>the car is off the ground about 2 inches before the drivers side tire is
>The rear measurements stay about the same.
>When I lower it if I put the drivers side on a 1X8 the front evens out and
>the rear gets marginally closer.
>Thanks to all.
>At 11:03 AM 10/6/2005, you wrote:
>>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 aren't immune.
>>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
>>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
>>>Two kids, Xmas is coming.
>>I hear ya...
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