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Discussion in 'VN - VP Holden Commodore (1988 - 1993)' started by Brin, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Brin

    Brin GOT MANG?

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    For front springs to sit like this, with the coils literally touching each other?? I tried comparing the left front but I don't think it's as bad ill have to have a better look.. My rears are like that, but I never noticed the front was.

    When I go over speed bumps or a pot hole, there is a slight rattle in the front right hand side as of the last few days.. I thought maybe the shock had come loose in the strut, but everything seems to be in tact.. Sway bars etc. Bushes are a little worn but not to make a rattle noise like that.. It's not a clunking noise, just a rattle like something is loose... Any ideas? Could it be the spring has sagged?

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    walesy Aint no family cruiser!!!

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    ummm wtf??? definately not sposed to sit like that brin...
     
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    Brin GOT MANG?

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    ..... *dies* they are super lows.

    but they arent supposed to sit like that?
     
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    walesy Aint no family cruiser!!!

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    no definately not... if the coils sit on top of each other then there is no suspension travel...
     
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    Brin GOT MANG?

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    so the coil could be the culprit of the rattle noise..... what could cause it to sag like this?
     
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    Brin GOT MANG?

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    could it be me throwing myself onto the bonnet to try and make it close?? :| haha
     
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    walesy Aint no family cruiser!!!

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    haha i dont think that would be enough to do it... i have no idea how this woulda happened unless the previous owner got the springs compressed and went overboard with it
     
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    i dont think they sat like that before, thats all :|

    although lately i have been literally throwing myself onto the bonnet so it'd click shut.... fifty kilo been thrown on it 3 or 4 times in a row?? you sure.... lol

    you see, the rear passenger spark plug lead likes to come loose, so i hear it miss and gotta pull over and reconnect it.. darned thing. yes, my car is a bomb.
     
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    walesy Aint no family cruiser!!!

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    haha 50kegs??? hardly gunna budge it :p ... just noticed ur from liverpool... i was born there :p grew up mostly in c'town
     
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    but i did throw myself on there quite a few times. actually several times. also whilst i had her jacked up yesterday trying to find out where the jingling noise was coming from....

    been in liverpool since 2000. absolute shite hole :p im at my other halfs at campbelltown now... campbelltown hasnt changed, i dont know which is better haha.
     
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    walesy Aint no family cruiser!!!

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    haha i moved away from there in 98... was gettin pretty bad, i moved to nowra, then coz of work went to melb back to syd then perth... i hate perth :p cant wait to move back east...

    with ur springs if you want a better ride then id be getting new ones, because that would be pretty bumpy hey
     
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    azkwazere Ahhh Yes, Ahhh Yes....

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    wow... their ****ed :p

    Time for new springs, is it both sides?

    I highly doubt you jumping on the bonnett will do that, ive never seen springs fail like that.

    Are they the correct springs?

    Is your car lop sided?

    aZk.
     
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    it's not lop sided.. im pretty sure the left is the same but i havent had a thorough inspection, only the right side was jingling.. they are the correct springs.. lemme try find pics when i first got em..
     
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    what could cause them to fail like that so suddenly?!
     
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    this was last august, when i bought them, methinks.
     

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    Looks perfectly normal to me. My Superlows have always sat with the first three or four coils bound when static.

    Keep in mind, when lowering a car with stock struts, your new static height is going to be lower than standard. This means your struts have a LOT of give to extend from the static position. When you create a lower spring, you have to allow for extension to stock, and beyond stock during front end lift. What Kings do, is create extra "soft" coils that bind when static, so when the front end lifts the coil extends to fill the gap, and won't shift out of place. Notice the bound coils are sitting a lot closer together out of your car in that pic. These are progressive rate springs.

    That's my understanding, anyway. I've seen a lot of cars with static bound coils, and that's how I've understood them to work. It's cheap and nasty, but it does the trick. If you want your springs to be perfectly engineered, get coilovers.
     
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    hummm. thankyou morton. ive got lowered shockers in the front too... but do you think the coils could be the culprit of the jingly noise??

    it sounds like theyre money in there, and holden4life and i are convinced the vn is gonna start spitting out money and start paying me back slowly... cause we cant find what the noise is!!

    i even had my little bro like, run next to the car when i went over a bump trying to hear where it was coming from.. its definately a rattle and its only been there since mondayish.
     
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    My understanding was the spring was engineered to be stiffer therefore accounting for he reduced number of coils. If you have a stiffer coil, you can reduce the coils and therefore the height. This is why ride comfort is often reduced due to reduced travel.

    I see no benefit to having 3-4 coils static like that. A variable rate spring is designed to compress at a variable rate, ie, there are coils which will give out more easily than others in order to retain some of the original dynamics.

    Im most likely wrong but that image seems to be a mechanical design flaw to me.

    On a side note, i reckon your gland packing nut is loose and that's the rattle, your shock is probably loose.

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    gland packing nut?? thats not the one attached to nothing above the tie end rod is it??? *clueless*
     
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    azkwazere Ahhh Yes, Ahhh Yes....

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    nah, where your shock enters the strut there is a large retaining nut which holds the shock into the housing. If it becomes loose (which it does if you don't use locktite) the shock is free to move up and down inside the housing and it eventually cracks... can miss it, its huge, needs a Stilton wrench to get if off.

    On that note too, its ambiguous to say its just that. You need to be really specific when describing noises as it could be anything... right down to your vacuum booster res. being loose...

    aZk.
     

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