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#1 dacastle

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Posted 12 January 2022 - 03:01 PM

Can anyone advise me of what coil spring insulators they have used and where they got them from for the FRONT suspension coils between the top of the coil and the tower of the K frame in an LC torana

 

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Posted 12 January 2022 - 04:20 PM

I re-used the original ones.

 

Not sure if available aftermarket?

I'm considering copying these and making a few sets.

 

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Posted 12 January 2022 - 04:32 PM

I put Superpro polyurethane ones in my LX, no complaints. They're just a basic flat ~12mm ring though, I glued them to the cross member first to make installation easier.



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Posted 12 January 2022 - 09:10 PM

ice cream tub lid and a pair of scissors.



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 10:01 AM

got a few new holden ones .

old stock , pedders also have them



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Posted 16 January 2022 - 12:20 PM

got a few new holden ones .

old stock , pedders also have them

cheers i will try Pedders in Adelaide and see how I go



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Posted 20 January 2022 - 10:10 AM

they are not round to suit the coil 

they are flat



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Posted 20 January 2022 - 03:37 PM

they are not round to suit the coil 

they are flat

I think Rare Spares sell flat ones too



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Posted 12 August 2023 - 04:08 PM

Looking for ideas of making LJ front spring insulators in Bunnings, what betta place. I dont seem to be able to find repro ones anywhere that suits. Below options seem cheap. (wot a tite ars) :)
Just cut to fit.

Would pvc be ok to use, OR could it be too brittle?Rubber maybe not?

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Posted 12 August 2023 - 04:16 PM

Dunny plungers even....what do yu think S-Pack Dave.:) LOL.

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Posted 12 August 2023 - 04:23 PM

Endless ideas, would make a good gearshift boot too. LOL :)

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Posted 12 August 2023 - 09:30 PM

Dunny plungers even....what do yu think S-Pack Dave.:) LOL.


Funny, I just bought 2 new plungers from Bunnings today. Both of mine broke. They just don't make em as good as they used to.

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Posted 12 August 2023 - 09:35 PM

2 to 3mm nylon flat sheet would be ideal to cut some new spring insulators.

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Posted 15 August 2023 - 08:25 PM

Right, went to a cheap shop, bought a relatively thin cutting board.

Measured, cut, trimmed, stress tested a sample, and temp fitted the spring with some pressure on it overnight. :)

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Posted 15 August 2023 - 08:34 PM

Nice work Jaso, keen to seen how it looks when it comes out.

 

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Posted 15 August 2023 - 08:50 PM

Nice work Jaso, keen to seen how it looks when it comes out.
 
Marty


Thanks Marty, those measurements are probably a bit tight in fit, but we'll see how it looks. W.I.P. :)

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Posted 15 August 2023 - 08:58 PM

If it doesn’t work there must be tougher stuff out there. Some of the materials I’ve seen used in high pressure gaskets might work. Looks a lot like roller skate wheels or the stuff used on motorcycle swing arms where the chain runs on it.

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Posted 15 August 2023 - 09:09 PM

If it doesn’t work there must be tougher stuff out there. Some of the materials I’ve seen used in high pressure gaskets might work. Looks a lot like roller skate wheels or the stuff used on motorcycle swing arms where the chain runs on it.


Yep, cheers Yel327. Dave did mention nylon sheet, of which i dont have access to right now, but have seen this listing

https://www.ebay.com...:Bk9SR8SOg46_Yg

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Posted 15 August 2023 - 10:06 PM

Yep, cheers Yel327. Dave did mention nylon sheet, of which i dont have access to right now, but have seen this listing

https://www.ebay.com...:Bk9SR8SOg46_Yg

Those plastic cutting boards are probably made from nylon anyway. Nylon burns with a sooty flame and smells of marigolds, apparently.
 



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Posted 16 August 2023 - 09:19 AM

Those plastic cutting boards are probably made from nylon anyway. Nylon burns with a sooty flame and smells of marigolds, apparently.
 

It cut quite well with a small pizza wheel in my die grinder, could not smell anything much though, having blocked sinuses.
Sanded down the outer rough cuts with a different disc, trimmed out the internal hole using a single cut burr, then cleaned up the featherd egdges with a file n sandpaper.
I was happy enough when i bent the off cut in half, it did not crack under the pressure, so its got some resilience for $5.99. :)

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Posted 16 August 2023 - 10:20 AM

Ok, pulled the left front spring back out, after the overnight temp install.
The insulator has formed to some degree over the upper coil and in relation to the tower seat shape.
Being slighlty thicker material and composition than original, obviously stiffer.

As pictured sorta sits relative to the original insulator, especially looking at where the top coil tail ends and is formed flat.
Was thinking maybe could have warmed up the red insulator material a little to soften it so it formed easier on install.

I think - and I'm open to comment, that as is will be fine. Not much diff to what was there the way it sits on the spring.
Will it matter the insulator does not wrap itself entirely to the flat section of the upper coil tail.

Jaso. :)

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Posted 16 August 2023 - 02:24 PM

The Final "F" around. Polished a bit more out of centre to make it 82ish-mm ID and OD is around 117mm. Not as tight.

That'll do Pig, That'll do. :)

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Posted 16 August 2023 - 04:23 PM

Nice work Jaso. I'm confident they will do the trick. :spoton:



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Posted 16 August 2023 - 04:38 PM

Maybe test a heat gun on a bit a see if it'll just wrap itself around with gravity.

I think what you have will be fine.

 

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Posted 16 August 2023 - 05:54 PM

Cheers all :)





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