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Author Car lower on one side than the other............
Nath
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   3rd Sep 03 at 17:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I fitted an Apex -60mm suspension kit compromising of shocks and springs in june and my car visibly sits lower on the passneger side than the drivers side. When i look under the rear wheel arch i can see that the spring is more compressed than it is on the drivers side.

Anyone have any ideas why??

Makarus
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3rd Sep 03 at 17:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I get a problem with my 60mm lowering kit sometimes. Gmax sprins and Pi shocks.

What causes it is that when the car is jacked up the springs drop slightly and dont sit properly when its droped back down.

I get the problem in the front so when I drop the jack down I have to do it slowly and guide the spring into the right place so it hits the rubber at the top of the strut properly.

It could be an idea though to take you car to somewhere like Kwik Fit they may be able to tell you whats up with the suspension, shouldnt charge you to tell you either so you just go home and fix it.
Kris TD
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3rd Sep 03 at 17:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

is it on perfectly flat ground?
have you got some monster sub on one side of the boot?

if not then a spring may ahve collapsed
Nath
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3rd Sep 03 at 18:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I have no ICE and its always like it. Sometimes worse than others though
Nath
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UPDATE:

My passenger side suspension has pretty much caved in. There is no bounce or anything. What the fuck is going on?
Git
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3rd Sep 03 at 21:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

send em back
Trotty
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3rd Sep 03 at 21:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Sounds like dodgy shocks to me
Nath
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3rd Sep 03 at 21:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Cant send them back as i purchased them from someone on this site. Its only one side of my car too. I think thats very odd!
Trotty
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3rd Sep 03 at 21:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ah ok. Yup, good point though - perhaps swap the sides over, just to check that it's nothing daft causing it?
Nath
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3rd Sep 03 at 21:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I'm gonna go to a garage on saturday. See what they think could be wrong. Hopefully it's nothing too expensive.
Mistamist
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3rd Sep 03 at 21:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Have you got a chubby girlfriend? i have and my car sits sideways its fine when she gets out. he he only jestin shes lovely really!
TOMAS
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Down 60mm their tends not be be any bounce. 99% of Corsa's will ride into the bumpstops that low giving a very hard ride! Makarus you need shorter shox if you have to do that when you drop your car after jacking. Mine slightly leans to passenger side. Has done with all my suspension set-ups. Doesnt cause me any problems, I think its the arches that are slightly different each side?
KennyT
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4th Sep 03 at 16:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

My cars lowered 60mm on G-max springs and sit lower on the passenger side.
apparently its because the left side shocks get more abuse than the right due them being loaded round roundabouts and cos of bumps where the drains are in the roads ect......
this means the shock gets shagged out and sags.
on the 16's it only rubs slighty on the back left but is fine on the right.
Scotty_B
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Mine is a Corsa C down 30mm on Eibach springs and it is a tiny bit lower on the passenger side. Only if you look really hard though.
Icy
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4th Sep 03 at 17:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

mines leanin on the driver side
got shocks changed but stil the same but las time i changed them i worked
dam FK crap!
Dan_Corsa
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4th Sep 03 at 18:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Nath
UPDATE:

My passenger side suspension has pretty much caved in. There is no bounce or anything. What the fuck is going on?


just looking threw your garage pictures and i must say i can see what you mean



Nath
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4th Sep 03 at 21:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

^^^^^^^^ not my car thankfully

Anyway got my car checked out, i have a dead shock on the rear passneger side. Its fucked basically. No rigidity or anything. Its proper limp. Getting a whole NEW suspension kit tommorrow. Fed up of shit hard Apex stuff.
moddedcorsa
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quote:
Originally posted by Trotty
Sounds like dodgy shocks to me


yip, happened 2 me, 1 of the std shocks on the rear was fucked, so the coils of the spring were touching.
MC Kustoms
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dont take the roundabouts in mk so fast lol
TOMAS
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Mr Modded corsa, a DODGY rear shock CANNOT affect how low the rear of the car will sit, you are talking poop. Dampers condition does not affect ride height in ANY way. Trust me, ive had more suspension set-ups on my corsa than most, and I know ALL about fitting them... Oh and its NORMAL for coils of rear springs to touch when lowered.

[Edited on 06-09-2003 by TOMAS]
Makarus
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Yeah Tomas is right, the shock doesn't affect ride height, the spring does that, if the shock is shagged then the spring should still keep the correct ride height just not be a comfy ride at all.

Tomas - I am getting new shocks soon anyway, Koni Yellow adjustables. I always thought the shocks were too long but saying that as long as I line it up properly when dropping it back down then I have no problems. It only does it at the front obviously.
TOMAS
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Yeah mate, on my 60mm spax psx setup i had on the front, the spring never unseated even when jacked up, i had to use coil compressors on them when fitting too. What bumpstops you using with the Koni's?
Nath
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quote:
Originally posted by TOMAS
Mr Modded corsa, a DODGY rear shock CANNOT affect how low the rear of the car will sit, you are talking poop. Dampers condition does not affect ride height in ANY way. Trust me, ive had more suspension set-ups on my corsa than most, and I know ALL about fitting them... Oh and its NORMAL for coils of rear springs to touch when lowered.

[Edited on 06-09-2003 by TOMAS]


You could not be more wrong. My passenger side front damper was soooooooo fucked the piston rod had gone into itself and the bumbstop had left the piston rod and mounted the actually shock unit. Now i have 4 new dampers and guess what......................................i have solved my problem. I'll even post pics up of the damper to show u how it CAN affect ride height. Also neither of my rear spring coils are touching each other. If this happened i'd be very concernered as it would mean i had no bounce or spring. My rear passneger side was only lower due to the shift of weight onto the front passenger side.

Anyway problem solved

[Edited on 07-09-2003 by Nath]
The Guru
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   7th Sep 03 at 13:50   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Sh!te springs

[Edited on 07-09-2003 by The Guru]
moddedcorsa
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told u so TOMAS

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