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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolinor View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinger View Post

    The bump stop will deform depending on the load it has to support. That will be the load that the spring does not or cannot support. So, an increase in travel is entirely possible if the spring is not functioning as designed.
    Yeah, more at risk of bottoming out and hitting that deformable stop
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    Quote Originally Posted by reinaldo_is_spam View Post
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    Maybe when the reign of this one ends we could just not renew the policy. Till then you are a subject not a citizen. What a crock...

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinaldo_is_spam View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolinor View Post
    Did you have to post that link. Half a day gone watching MontyP now.


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    I fitted new track control arms & rear shocks a couple of weeks ago & it seems to have cured my rubbing problem. The job was quite straight forward only taking a couple of hours. While I was at it I checked for buckled wheels & the rear wheel bearings, thankfully all seems good.

    The bushes in the old arms were worn (soft & cracking) but not that bad, compared to the new ones.
    One of the old shocks was Ok but the other one was very weak, hardly having any resistance when pulling apart (think it's called rebound). I replaced them with Monroe gas shocks, a brand I've used before & have had good results in the past.

    So I've done about 250 miles since fitting & the arch rubbing has gone, also the trust+ hasn't kicked in once, it used to kick in on a certain manhole every night on my commute! The ride quality has improved dramatically, now it's smooth & controlled, almost like a real car...lol. The suspension feels softer somehow?
    The car used to do a strange wobble when I changed lanes on a certain road on my commute. This being due to a seam in the tarmac. Well that wobble has gone completely, another result.

    So overall all good stuff.


    The only bad point is when I removed the wheel arch liners. I discovered the ends of the sills are completely rotted out.
    So I'll be digging out the old MIG & making some patches at some point.

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    Good to hear Mr T that you've solved the problem. Lazy damper was as likely the cause (underdamped spring systems permit 'overshoot') allowing the wheel to travel further than it should have - hence the rubbing. (A wheel travelling hard into the bump stop can very suddenly lose grip - 'instantaneous rise in spring rate' is the term that describes the process).
    Bushes are pretty long lived but replacing wont hurt - especially as you say yours had seen better days. Good to see a positive result.

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