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Offline TURBOHEAD

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #75 on: March 12, 2019, 16:52:15 PM »
Hi wim

The drop links fitting info in my Calibra Haynes manual advises to measure the distance between the top surface to the bottom surface to ensure the correct compression of the rubber bushes.      The recommended distance should be.....38.0mm to 39.0 mm....measured using manual or digital calipers.

How your car behaves on different road surfaces depends on the type of suspension.....tyres and correct inflation ....how your suspension is set up and fitted etc etc.   If any of the components are worn....damaged....or not fitted correctly can cause problems.

I think you have done really well so far with changing related suspension parts......but after all this you will have to accept that you may have to live with it........unless someone can find the exact cause and fix it.

That eureka moment is well overdue.......I don' feel that your car is dangerous to drive.......it is just a niggling quirky thing that persists but can be safely ignored.

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #76 on: March 12, 2019, 20:28:03 PM »
Thanks again, much appreciated. I do realize that some of it I have to live with... MOT check also does not show any concerns, which I guess adds to being reassured it is not a safety concern. It does also get to your head over time and becomes worse just because of that!

Well, I do have a Haynes manual and indeed it refers to measuring that distance. Right now, it measures about 41mm, but feels already really tight... hence a bit scared to overtighten and actually break the drop link. Well, maybe it will not happen... in any case, I've ordered some spare drop links and will give it another go once I have them :)

Thanks again for all the support!

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #77 on: March 16, 2019, 20:15:46 PM »
Wim_vg, I looked at the video too and can see what you mean by crashing coming through the steering wheel. You are on concrete roads going over the sections (we can hear) then you come to some real bad ones and you get a thud going through the whole car.

I had this problem with an XJS years ago and it comes down to this. Your suspension is to stiff, it would rather push the body of the car up than absorb the bumps, however, the faster you go i.e. 80mph+ the ride is smooth and the car feels well planted. Tricky situation. Technically there is nothing wrong yet the crashing suspension says there is. Your springs and shocks - your shocks especially are too stiff and are not giving in to sharp shocks but maybe are to slower bumps. Are your shocks really quality items you can vouch for? or ebay knock offs (unknown to you). I changed my shocks on the XJS for some really expensive ones that I personally collected from a distributor with long track record of quality (but not the cheapest distributor). The video to me shows unresponsive shocks - they just not working.

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #78 on: March 17, 2019, 13:52:06 PM »
Hi wim  :)

I watched your video again also.......but concentrated on the sound side using head phones for the first time.  The noises Indicated a harsh response as you have been saying all along.

Can I just point you to a website called......." strutmasters.com".....they give 5 points you should experience after fitting new shocks and springs.
They say new shocks and springs need time to break them in etc.......and that new springs will eventually bed down to a softer performance.

Electric green......has advised that your suspension is too stiff and is not performing correctly..........be it to do with Strutmasters
Comments about new shocks and springs or faulty ones.  New items don't always mean good working order >:(

You have checked and had checked by other people....all of the subsidiary' components ......and those parts have been ruled out.
So we are left with possible faulty or poor functioning shocks and springs. They say that in production only a random batch of items are tested
so the new springs that go through.......have never had a large weight put on them prior to You fitting them.