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Do verts rattle more?

Postby 240 drop top » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

When I hit a rough patch on the road or a speed bump a little too fast my car seems to rattle and creak "more" than hardtop cars I have had,this is my third convertible and all of them have seemed to be that way.Do I need to redo my whole suspension and tighten every screw or is this just a design problem normally associated with verts.Does your vert rattle?


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Postby AZhitman » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

Yep.

All 'verts "shake" more, there's less structural integrity.

Mine has some pretty nasty "cowl shake".

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Postby BoyWonder » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

What he said pretty much..

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Postby Hijacker » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

only the convertible portion of my car shakes. the structure is still pretty solid in my car.

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Postby TrunkMonkey » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

tenkawa_akito wrote:only the convertible portion of my car shakes. the structure is still pretty solid in my car.
ditto. ebony's tail end wiggles when she hits bumps in the road.

suspension upgrades won't fix any of the structural problems that convertibles have. you have to find ways to tighten up the chasis itself.

i plan to install a rear cross bar in the very near future. this should eliminate a lot of the slop that's a result of not having a solid top.

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Postby Hijacker » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

Roll bar will be my big chassis stiffener, and I'm really itching to get the SPL fender braces. The big thing is pracing crosswise. lengthwise, the car has plenty of stiffness, but it twists across the width

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Postby 240 drop top » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

Is the rear cross bar an inexpensive upgrade?

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Postby TrunkMonkey » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

240 drop top wrote:Is the rear cross bar an inexpensive upgrade?
iirc, there's usually a knock off on ebay that sells for $100 or less, but i'm kinda skeptical on it's fitment. i may give it a shot though.

other than that, i have yet to see one go for less than 300.

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Postby AZhitman » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

I can't imagine being able to fit one - There's stuff in the way.

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Postby IveBeenBad » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

Its highly unlikely you are gonna fit a premade strut bar back there. Take the car to a shop, and have them weld a bar in at the bottom of the shock towers...

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Postby AZhitman » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

Yep - Good idea.

Come to think of it. that's a good idea!

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Postby TrunkMonkey » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

IveBeenBad wrote:Its highly unlikely you are gonna fit a premade strut bar back there.
i'm not talking about a strut bar. i'm refering to this brace...



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Postby AZhitman » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

Me likey! Where'd you find that?

However, the 'vert seems to flex MOST where the front doors meet the fenders. This is referred to as "cowl shake", as it seems the dash and windshield are moving opposite the way the driver (and the rear of the car) are going.

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Postby TrunkMonkey » Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:02 pm

AZhitman wrote:Me likey! Where'd you find that?

However, the 'vert seems to flex MOST where the front doors meet the fenders. This is referred to as "cowl shake", as it seems the dash and windshield are moving opposite the way the driver (and the rear of the car) are going.
fender braces and maybe a front ladder bar should clean that up.

all these goodies can be purchased at your friendly neighborhood NICO sponsoring splparts.com. look in the s13 section under suspension/chassis bracing.

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