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kevchard
25-10-08, 07:45 PM
Hi All
I have been far from happy with front end handling on Viper, so decided to modify it for adjustable coil overs instead.
I have strengthened the lower wishbone (by adding lots of plates to make metal thicker). Top mount has stayed unmodified.
I took the chance to completely remove the subframe and get it all powder coated, along with wishbones, tie bars and anti roll bar. A decision i wish i did instead of spending ages painting it in the first place.

Before powdercoating
http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/1DSCF0799.jpg

After powdercoating
http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/1DSCF0801.jpg

http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/1DSCF0805.jpg

http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/1DSCF0809.jpg

http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/DSCF0860.jpg

http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/DSCF0866.jpg

http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/DSCF0871.jpg

http://i513.photobucket.com/albums/t335/PoweredbyFordcouk/Kevchard/DSCF0870.jpg

Cheers

Kevin

viper Jim
25-10-08, 08:45 PM
Hi
Looks good.But has it sorted the problem out and did it cost a lot for the parts? Also what springs did you fit?
thanks Jim

CeeJay
26-10-08, 10:42 AM
I have strengthened the lower wishbone (by adding lots of plates to make metal thicker). Top mount has stayed unmodified



Hi Kev

Hope the mods inprove your viper - but can I suggest that now you've added plates to the lower wishbones (which means extra weight), that you might what to look at fitting alloy Uprights & Hubs and swapping the heavy M16 Calipers for somethin a lot lighter (Wilwoods, hi-spec etc). That will reduce the sprung weight at the front by a consideable margin and offset the weight of the plating - this will also have a positive effect on the handeling.

Oh an nice powder-coating by he way!

;>

CeeJay.

kevchard
26-10-08, 07:57 PM
Hi Jim and Ceejay
I have not got them back together yet, so can't comment on handling.
I am hoping that seeing as i went for all aluminium shocks that they will weigh less than the large springs and steel dampers that were already fitted.
I think the springs were 350 (?) Lbs each, but seeing as they are adjustable, i can get it right with a bit of fiddling.
The shocks were 305 pair, plus 8 for the damper lower brackets, metal cost next to nothing, and a bit of welding wire, couple of 1/2" x 2 1/2" whitworth bolts/nylocs/washers (50p).
I already had flo flex bushes, so hopefully after getting geometry set up properly it will handle nearly as well as our Mundano.
Cheers
Kevin
PS I was well impressed with powder coating, especially considering how much time it takes to paint things yourself, i just would bother with painting things myself again.

CeeJay
26-10-08, 08:22 PM
Hi Jim and Ceejay
I have not got them back together yet, so can't comment on handling.
I am hoping that seeing as i went for all aluminium shocks that they will weigh less than the large springs and steel dampers that were already fitted.
I think the springs were 350 (?) Lbs each, but seeing as they are adjustable, i can get it right with a bit of fiddling.
The shocks were 305 pair, plus 8 for the damper lower brackets, metal cost next to nothing, and a bit of welding wire, couple of 1/2" x 2 1/2" whitworth bolts/nylocs/washers (50p).
I already had flo flex bushes, so hopefully after getting geometry set up properly it will handle nearly as well as our Mundano.
Cheers
Kevin
PS I was well impressed with powder coating, especially considering how much time it takes to paint things yourself, i just would bother with painting things myself again.

Kevin, Kevin, Kevin

You're just not working the angles mate - let me explain:

'Helen the guys on the forum think I need to go and buy lots of alloy bits for the cobra due to my modifications...'

Its a long shot, but you never know-you might just get the ok to go and buy lots of new shiny bits...

;>
CeeJay

steamyrotter
30-10-08, 11:03 PM
Sweet mate.



That should help a bit.
Surprised you have stuck with standard discs though?

Powder looks the dogs. May go that way when I am convinced it all works and I finally get it on the road.

kevchard
31-10-08, 07:03 PM
Hi Ceejay and Dean
Budget is reason for not buying ali bits or vented disks. The front ens stops well enough with standard Corty bits now i have changed to Escort servo and m/c with longer pedals.
The shocks came in dearer than i was thinking :(.
I presume you have your front end off to a tee now Dean?
How is yours coming on Ceejay?
Cheers
Kevin

Deck
03-11-08, 07:41 PM
That all looks really sweet Kevin. Nice work!!
I'm really beginning to wonder about mine now. I'll have to post some pics to get some feedback but my front suspension is made out of 3/4 inch box and looks like shite compared to your set up! I mean, totally inadequate!

Hope you get back on the road soon to enjoy the difference or have you got a few more mods planned? Let us know how it goes...

Cheers

viperjim
04-11-08, 12:31 PM
hiya deck , thats because yours is sierra based , not cortina . Do pay attention

CeeJay
18-11-08, 08:41 PM
Hi Ceejay and Dean
Budget is reason for not buying ali bits or vented disks. The front ens stops well enough with standard Corty bits now i have changed to Escort servo and m/c with longer pedals.
The shocks came in dearer than i was thinking :(.
I presume you have your front end off to a tee now Dean?
How is yours coming on Ceejay?
Cheers
Kevin


Sorry Kevin - working constantly at moment so the viper project completely stalled - aint no way it'll be ready for the wedding...

:<

CeeJay.