It never ceases to amaze me how many self taught automotive engineers think they can easily improve on systems that Detroit spent millions to design, engineer, and test.
Strut rod eliminators are just one example. Sure itís a great idea because it cleans up the look of the design and according to some people improves the ride, but we forget that the struts are there for a very sound reason. Eliminating them transfers the forces at play to other parts of the system and the problem usually shows up with cracks or failure of the lower "A" arm mount. The sad thing is that most if not all of these failures could probably have been prevented by regular inspections.
We who pride ourselves on being able to adapt parts from a variety of vehicles to serve our own projects special needs should always keep in mind that although we may think we do good work sometimes because of the result of using adapted parts there can be forces at work that we may not totally understand or just don't realize. A regular inspection schedule of our projects should be something that everyone should implement. It just makes good sense. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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