Awesome progress was made today, a big fry-up got us (Me and Chris) set up for the day, cracked into it at about 10am and by lunchtime the beam was off and stripped. At that point I went off to use a friends lathe to bore out my shafts to 31mm leaving Chris to pop in my new rear beam bearings etc. Once that was all done and the splines had been thouroughly cleaned and coper-slipped we were ready to get it back on the car.
A small hiccup occurred when I realised I had made a bit of a balls-up with my solid rear beam mounts (welded one of the brackets on backwards (as they are an odd shape that was not immediately obvious!)
However a bit of a seeing to with a cutting disk and the welder soon had that sorted.
Once on the rear setup went back together fairly smoothly, as the rear torsion bars were uprated at the same time from 20mm up to21mm the sag on the suspension would obvioiusly be less so we took a guess and raised the trailing arm by 10mm a side before pushing the slined ends of the bars in.
As it turns out we were out by about 10mm as it sits higher at the rear by that ammount. Hovever it may bed in a little once the bars have been under load for a while and as I have a cage to fit and a battery to relocate to the boot I think it will end up near enough spot on anyway.
So, how does it drive? Well in a word different. Bearing in mind I now have a bit of a mishmash of suspension parts (standard dampers all round and Eibach 30mm lowering springs on the front)its pretty good. I think the front springs now deffinitely need tobe uprated as the car settles into a three wheeld stance much more readily now and kind of rocks back and forth as it goes round the bend, loads of grip but a little unsettling for the driver and passenger!
I think a combination of a stiffer damper and spring setup at the front will return the flat stable cornering that I'm ased to. Deffinitely progress though and I'm well happy with the way this is coming along.
Once again, huge thanks to Chris for helping me out all day and half the night and for putting up with my generally crabby nature!
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