Date: 21 Jul 2003 21:20:37 GMT
From: Adrian <spamtrapnopsampman.freeisp.co.uk>
Subject: C900 front suspension "wanders"?


Having picked up Sven, the 900i we're taking to the Sahara this xmas (www.coldsoba.com/desertvikings), there's only a couple of things that are really going to need attention. Most "serious" is the rad - it's not leaking, but it's not far off. The fins are corroded to hell, and a light brush with a fingertip removes them back to the core tubes. Eeek. Not a rad to take through the Sahara! On the "should attend" list are some tyres - if anybody's got some steel rims with usable tyres (not necessarily UK-legal, but preferable) we can use as spares, then GREAT! (the nearer to Watford area of the UK, the better) The one that's causing most thought, though, is the front suspension. My suspicion is wishbone bushes - but thoughts welcome. Above 70-80mph, there's a very evident "wander" and vagueness at the front end. It's not *essential*, but my thought is that if the bushes are shagged now, what the hell are they going to be like after a couple of thousand miles of desert hammer? Looking at GSF's website, they look cheap enough - assuming these are the three quid each, 8 needed ones. Are they likely to be? How big a nightmare is the changing? Also - does anybody have a roofrack that they don't need, that'd fit a 2-dr, it'd also be welcomed - a "proper" hideous fuel-drinkin' old-style roof rack, rather than the normally vastly preferable bars - we're going to be loading with jerrycans and spares up there... We'd love donations and support - cash, bits, and general moral support - the event itself is supporting a variety of local charities in West Africa, and we'll be supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the work of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery - both of who's work is impacting on our families at the moment. Ta! -- Adrian dakar - at - achapman - dot - freeisp - dot - co - dot - uk Team Desert Vikings, Plymouth-Dakar 2004 www.coldsoba.com/desertvikings www.plymouth-dakar.co.uk

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