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Old 09-03-2002, 07:57 AM
stevebfl stevebfl is offline
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Yes, some type suspensions incorporate the shock into one of the structural members. This of course has to be a member with a vertical component.

Because this strut now telescopes the device has more ways to fail than a normal shock who's concern is just in and out. The strut/shock also is responsible for the structural component of sideways play. Movement sideways on a vertical strut causes camber changes and often is the reason for negative camber that is uncorrectable whin normal adjusting mechanisms. This can be a concern on 124 and 201 bodies. The 202 and 210 bodies went back to upper and lower control arms.

I am posting a picture, tell me what kind of suspension it is of the above two types. Anyone care to guess what car it is from?
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Steve Brotherton
Continental Imports
Gainesville FL
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