12-27-2004, 08:13 AM
Join Date: Jun 2004
Bad Luck or Problem?
A while back I asked about the steering posts that went all the way up to the top deck. The problem was the the holes seemed to have been growing larger. The recommendation I received from everyone was to either CA the inside of the holes or use plumbers tape to take up the slack.
Well, I did both.
When I last raced last week I was running in a a heat and as I came around a sweeping right hander someone with a TC4 drifted wide and put me into the wall. I kept racing but noticed that the car was now all over the place. I figured I had tweaked or broken something.
When I took the car off the track I noticed the following:
- I had broken both the left and right 4 deg hubs
- I had broken both the left and right a-arms
- The front sway bar had come loose from the grub screws and the top mount had chewed into the plastic CVDs.
- The car now has a pronounced left to right tweak.
Since the track I race at does not carry schumacher parts [I have even offered to purchase $100 worth of parts] I was done for the night.
The question is this: Did I break so many items because the top post where too tight? Or did I go into the wall just right and it was bad luck? I just did not expect to break so many parts from one crash.
Also, while this is bad, to save some money and have some emergency parts on hand, the arms that had breaks did not crack all the way through, so I am going to CA them -- has anyone else jury rigged the arms?