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Lowering Spring Plates

#1 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 17, 2019 9:10 pm

Anyone ever see anything like this before?
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Re: Lowering Spring Plates

#2 Post by Martin Benade » Fri May 17, 2019 10:09 pm

No, but I bet that worked wonders for the toe-in.

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#3 Post by jay darlington » Fri May 17, 2019 10:16 pm

If i'm looking at the picture right it looks like the dog leg bends are wrong. in on one side and out on the other. just a side note I installed some VW adjustable spring plates on mine. I wanted to lower it about an inch or so now I can adjust it were I want it. i did rotate the torsion bars 1 fine click up. i don't have it on the ground yet to see what its going to do i should have it on wheels next week.

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Re: Lowering Spring Plates

#4 Post by Ron LaDow » Fri May 17, 2019 11:15 pm

Martin Benade wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 10:09 pm
No, but I bet that worked wonders for the toe-in.
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Like about that?
For that to correct the toe, I think the lower plate has to be the right side, and has to be rotated quite a bit on the T-bar.
If it is left side, you'd have raised the car and given it a lot of toe-out.
Not sure and not willing to spend the skull-job on it this evening.
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Re: Lowering Spring Plates

#5 Post by Don Gale » Fri May 17, 2019 11:31 pm

Aren't they tempered steel? I'd be concerned with welding them lest they be prone to cracking. Can't you accomplish the same effect by clocking the inner & outer splines?
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Re: Lowering Spring Plates

#6 Post by Norm Miller » Sat May 18, 2019 12:10 am

I think it was a bad idea gone bad.
Shortening the wheelbase, increasing the toe-in, offsetting the centerline.
Welding spring steel.
What could possibly go wrong?
 

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#7 Post by Martin Benade » Sat May 18, 2019 1:20 am

+1. Funny they are not presently being used.

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#8 Post by Greg Scallon » Sat May 18, 2019 2:05 am

I think the offset you guys are seeing is an optical illusion and they are actually all in one plane, same as stock. It looks to me like they've simply been cut and re-welded. Adam?

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Re: Lowering Spring Plates

#9 Post by Vic Skirmants » Sat May 18, 2019 7:55 am

Norm Miller wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 12:10 am
I think it was a bad idea gone bad.
Shortening the wheelbase, increasing the toe-in, offsetting the centerline.
Welding spring steel.
What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, yes.

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#10 Post by Jacques Lefriant » Sat May 18, 2019 9:35 am

If they are shorter than stock it may be an accommodation for 901 short wheel base trailing arms
 

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#11 Post by Spencer Harris » Sat May 18, 2019 12:49 pm

Looks like the surgery was performed on early spring plates. '53 plates have the three-bolt pattern while '55 plates have four-bolt pattern (not sure when the change occurred).
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#12 Post by Martin Bruechle » Sat May 18, 2019 2:21 pm

Is this the set that was for sale on Samba or Pelican ?
The seller was re-listing them for months, can't find them for sale now.

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#13 Post by Jim Liberty » Sat May 18, 2019 2:26 pm

This is one change I would never make. The cars are 60 years old, buy a 911. ……………….Jim.
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#14 Post by Al Zim » Sat May 18, 2019 3:53 pm

What you are looking at is a dune buggy deal. I recently purchased a 901 transmission that was butchered to fit and off road buggy. al zim
 

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Re: Lowering Spring Plates

#15 Post by Tim Berardelli » Sun May 19, 2019 6:24 pm

Adam,

Looks like you have two very unique "door stops"

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