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Re: [T3] So...who got what for the holidays?

On 29 Dec 2003 at 19:40, Keith Park wrote:

> Stiffer bars will keep the tongue weight from collapsing the rear suspension
> but if you put that much tongue weight on there it will remove the rear
> bumper in short order.  The stiffer bars will create much greater shock
> loads, and by feeling every bump will also increase the vibration
> transmitted to the trailer, causing faster fatique of mounts.  I have an IRS
> Square rear suspension in my 65 Notch and it has a huge affect on ride and
> handling... much bouncier ride, but corners better. Maybe Jim has some
> thoughts on this too...

I don't know much about this kind of trailer. It's just possible that they are 
meant to have almost zero "tongue weight," which would be an advantage, but 
then they pass on various kinds of torque to the bumper which a normal trailer 
would not.

I had not thought much about the stiffer shocks. I really don't think they'll 
add much benefit, and I agree with Keith that they will certainly add to the 
shock loading because of the increased stiffness. If the trailer actually has 
zero tongue weight then the forces it will exert on the car will be mostly 
torsional and fore/aft, very little up/down.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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