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Author: Subject: GTS W7DE front suspension issue!!!!
Charlie_Zetec

posted on 10/4/09 at 09:28 PM Reply With Quote
GTS W7DE front suspension issue!!!!

Whilst working on the car again today (the joys of a week off work), I noticed the front suspension spring seemed to foul the upper wishbone slightly on the back edge. I looked carefully at the setup and pictures from various people's archives on here, but can't see where I'm going wrong!

Tried turning the wishbones round (so that the longer arm was at the rear), but still no luck. I'm guessing that the spring fouling the arm would be an instant IVA failure?

Got me thinking, is it the size of the spring on the coilover unit that's the issue? ie. if I change to a smaller radius spring would it clear ok? If this is the case, what do people recommend? Been a heavy month on the expenditures, so I'm trying to keep costs down, and really don't want to spend 500 on a new suspension setup!!!!

Any help or light that can be thrown onto the situation is appreciated! The week's had it's ups and downs overall, and I'd rather not finish on a low note.

Haven't got pictures to hand, but can post them up tomorrow if necessary for reference.





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Ketchup

posted on 10/4/09 at 09:36 PM Reply With Quote
Are the lower arms also handed on your kit? it could be they need swapping over
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Badger_McLetcher

posted on 10/4/09 at 10:03 PM Reply With Quote
Pics would be useful, but thinner coils may do the job.
To check could you jack the car up, take out the spring and make a dummy spring (cardboard rolled to the correct size would do), fit it and check through the range of movement?
Or just wait for someone with more know how than I





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Charlie_Zetec

posted on 10/4/09 at 10:06 PM Reply With Quote
Lower arms appear to be universal (non-sided) from looking at them and measuring.

I'll post some photos up when I get home, show you my woes!





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James

posted on 11/4/09 at 01:21 AM Reply With Quote
Check Flak Monkey's archive/web site. He's built a GTS.

Cheers,
James





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flange nut

posted on 11/4/09 at 08:46 AM Reply With Quote
Have you got 1.9 or 2.25 inch diameter shocks?
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Avoneer

posted on 11/4/09 at 08:46 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Charlie_ZetecI'm guessing that the spring fouling the arm would be an instant IVA failure?


Personally, I'd be more worried about the fouling!

Pat...





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Front Row Joe

posted on 15/4/09 at 03:54 PM Reply With Quote
Thats interesting. I have just welded the suspension brackets in place following GTS plans for the W7DE. I haven't put any suspension in yet as I have only just ordered it. However the space for the shocks just didn't look right to me. GTS specify 1.9" springs if yours are any bigger that will now doubt explain it.
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