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SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:01 pm
by AndyM
I would do a few events first myself, all about the seat time.[/quote]

I agree, the shocks and springs were already on my list as I have a feeling they may be the original ones. They have certainly been on for some time.

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:26 pm
by reliant-reviver
Front shocks would be best changed. The rears if functioning can be left alone, for now at least.

Normally this is the point where I would offer suitable front springs but I have none in stock. A new batch is well over due but I have been playing with the spec again....

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:43 am
by AndyM
reliant-reviver wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:26 pm
Front shocks would be best changed. The rears if functioning can be left alone, for now at least.

Normally this is the point where I would offer suitable front springs but I have none in stock. A new batch is well over due but I have been playing with the spec again....
Thanks Phil, Is it worth getting a set of standard springs from one of the usual stockists or am I better to wait until you have some?

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:57 am
by Nick
I agree with rr. Go for shocks first, much easier to change. any decent adjustable. . Standard springs are really too soft, you want about 300 lbs. be careful with shock and spring length.

A small trick is to tighten up the front roll bar drop links which slightly stiffen the front.

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:16 pm
by reliant-reviver
Well, new standard front springs are better than old sagged and sh*gged ones. But cost wise the last I checked there isn't much between standard from RPW or the likes, and uprated from me.

I'll drop you a PM later Andy, may be able to sort something out.

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:01 pm
by scimjim
I may have a set of RR uprated springs on the shelf - will have to check.

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:36 pm
by AndyM
scimjim wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:01 pm
I may have a set of RR uprated springs on the shelf - will have to check.
Thanks Jim

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:01 pm
by Dcrosby13
Has anyone got a list of part numbers for the poly bushes?

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:45 pm
by scimjim

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:24 pm
by Dcrosby13
Thanks

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:40 pm
by rhss1
Some Avo adjustables have come up on a large auction site. They are listed as 13". I'm too far from the car to measure; will they be right for the front of an SS1?

If yes, a guide as to spring rates please, car is to be a nice driver, nothing more exciting.

[later after some more digging]

Apparently originals are 15".

Also http://www.ss1turbo.co.uk/hot_hatch_hunting.htm also suggests spring rates should be slightly less that what is spec'd for original geometry.

SS1 Suspension - considerations

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:48 pm
by scimjim
From another thread

Standard Front :

Open length bush eye to eye is 13.5"
Bush ID is 3/8"
Bush width is 1" (25.4mm)
springs are 180lbs/in and 12.2" free length (or 6" between the front jacking point and the ground when fitted)

Standard Rear

Open length bush eye to eye is 13.5"
Bush ID is 1/2"
Bush width is 1" 5/16" (33.33mm)
11.5"/12" 180lb/in spring 2.5" dia