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Postby MSJMOTORS » 14 Sep 2005, 23:14

Purchased a 4ha axle with powerlock diff for my kadett coupe and was wondering are the standard turret mounts strong enough to use coil overs at the rear so i can properly 4 link the rear end. The sport part manual says nothing of this

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Postby Harry Flatters » 15 Sep 2005, 07:30

Don't use coilovers.

5 link set up uses Rekord / Carlton / FE Victor / Ventora or Viva / Magnum bottom trailing arms and fabricated top arms with standard size Chevette or Magnum springs in the normal location and sitting on the bottom arm.

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Postby hsr2.6 » 15 Sep 2005, 10:08

you could use coilovers but you would have to use escort turrets because they are flat on the top where you would mount the shox,where the chevette saloon turrets are domed on top let me know how you get on .
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Postby Shoveitpusher » 15 Sep 2005, 13:29

there is also a version that uses the standard pans but 4 fabricated links
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Postby Harry Flatters » 15 Sep 2005, 18:46

Sorry, yes, I was a bit blunt when I said don't use coilovers!

I really meant it's not normally done, & you might be better off going with the normal spring mounting as it's pretty established in terms of strength, spring rates etc.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 15 Sep 2005, 20:20

what is the 5th link?

1 panhard rod
2 bottom arms
3 top arms
4 torque tube
5 ?
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Postby Shoveitpusher » 15 Sep 2005, 21:38

shuvit-tim wrote:what is the 5th link?

1 panhard rod
2 bottom arms
3 top arms
4 torque tube
5 ?


oh dear failing to pay attention in class, not doing homework, students really aren't what they used to be in my day. a fail young fella me lad, very disappointing.
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1 x panhard rod
2 x top links
2 x bottom links

equals 5 links

road going hsr's had a 6 link setup as they had a torque tube, this only worked as all the bushes were squiggy rubber, without the compliance it would have locked solid.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 16 Sep 2005, 08:21

*goes to stand in the corner and reads through the blue book and sportpart manual through detention* (man if only they had actually made me do that with all those hours i spent in detention!)
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Postby Shoveitpusher » 17 Sep 2005, 18:31

good boy me, didn't do detention

as a prefect i gave some out

also as a prefect presided over a riot in a 2nd year class, kept getting told off by the head girl, great fun

perhaps he should have 6 of the best with a sportpart manual and paraded through Shepreth in a suitably embarising state (and i don't mean drunk)
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Postby shuvit-tim » 17 Sep 2005, 20:01

lol
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Postby MSJMOTORS » 18 Sep 2005, 20:25

hi lads

well i was going to use the escort rear coilovers and then machine up the required platform at the top so i didnt have to chop out the top of the turret and make flat...the reason im doing this is that im a big lad and using this set up i can set the car up with me in it to get the desired height the same all round. also i can change the ride height to what ever i want
very easily
So are we all agreaed that the turrets are strong enough
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 18 Sep 2005, 21:02

wouldn't corner weight be more important than corner height :?:
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Postby MSJMOTORS » 18 Sep 2005, 22:28

yeh thats very true but to do both properly then you need adjustable rods/dampers ect so you can preload the suspension to give the mesurments/weights you require.
Will post my findings as and when i can

gotta say though, this is the most helpfull forum i have come across,just hope i can return the fav one day.

cheers anyways :D
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Postby Harry Flatters » 19 Sep 2005, 07:05

I'm not sure anyone has actually said the turrets are strong enough, but my guess is they probably are, particularly with suitable strengthening - they're beefier than those on other vehicles that do use coilovers.

They're quite tight at the top, tho - can you fit a coilover in?
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Postby MSJMOTORS » 19 Sep 2005, 19:42

thats what i thought Harry.....But i suppose time will tell....ohh and harry
your not selling one of those coupe cages that you were comparing the other day are you....im a strugglin getting one
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Postby Harry Flatters » 19 Sep 2005, 22:43

No, I've only got one coupe cage, the other two are 1 saloon 1 hatch - sorry!

Let you know if I come across one though.
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