October 1, 2001
Today we assemble one side of the front suspension. Our goal is to look at the range of movement of the new suspension for problems, and determine what ride height will be best for the car.
In general, the lower we can move the center of gravity, the better the car will corner. There are a variety of limiting elements. Imp on jacks
Too low and the suspension will not have enough travel to absorb bumps. The tire might rub on the fender or suspension. The suspension's camber curve might change. There is also a safety rule requirement that if both tires on one side are deflated, the undercarriage of the car will not catch on the ground. Front suspension removed
Since the car is up on jacks, we must check suspension travel using a floor jack on the lower suspension arm. We jack the suspension until the strut is pressed onto the bump stop. We do not yet have our race rims or our race tires mounted, but we have the measurements and can make a fairly accurate determination. It looks like that with the suspension fully compressed, the car bottom will be just above the ground. Since we are expecting about one inch of normal suspension travel, we will have to set the car an inch higher than optimum unless we modify the struts or lower the bottom of the car. New front suspension
We lower the suspension, one inch at a time and check camber curve and clearances. Everything else looks fine. Checking ride height

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