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I am asking about front suspension
Because the strut arc travels in a
different plane than the LCA arc, the strut
will pull the LCA bottom forward when the
LCA moves up and down from rest (if the
strut length is adjusted for neutral tension
at LCA loaded height). That forward pull
will cause some binding, which would
have an effect on travel, and maybe on
the effective spring rate and damping. So,
I’m thinking of using Firm Feel adjustable
struts, with the length adjusted for just
a slight forward tension with the LCA in
the loaded position. It seems the stock
rubber LCA and strut bushings would
provide the most “give” to allow for the
maximum suspension travel, so that’s
the direction I’m leaning. Or, what do you
think about the option of using a Delrin
or poly LCA bushing, with a stock type
rubber strut bushing (not a Moog,
because they are stiffer than the stock
bushing)? Or, a stock type rubber LCA
bushing, with a Moog strut bushing?
Thinking about how the stock LCA
bushing works, it seems the rubber would
have to twist enough to allow the outer
shell to move over ¼˝ to allow the tire to
go up or down a few inches. Is that true?
Seems like the rubber would wear out
pretty quick.

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