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Old 05-31-2004, 05:37   #1 (permalink)
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Axel Tramp

hey guys....i've got an XF 4-spd manual, single spinner, carby fed and i get axel tramp...if its pissing down with rain and i slide heaps then its ok or if im on dirt then its ok but quite often i get axel tramp in the dry attempting to drift round a corner...

is this due to my suspension being too soft (its stock), or is it worn, or is it just coz my car doesn't have the grunt? My ride height is fairly high (which is good for driving over stuff like medium strips and gutters) so i get body roll something cronic...
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Old 05-31-2004, 05:52   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Axel Tramp

Axle tramp is a problem with leaf sprung rear ends when the axle bounces violently under hard accelleration. What you have described is soft suspention with poor traction.

Loosing the rear in the wet is a common problem, only a decent set of grippy tyers will fix that, or less enthusiastic use of the throttle.

The shudder around corners is the suspention being too soft and more than likely a set of rooted shocks. A set of lowered springs with a harder spring rate (most get softer as they get lower), a new set of shocks and a rebush with nolathane bushes will have your rear planting down hard rather than skipping.
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Old 05-31-2004, 06:10   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Axel Tramp

This problem is a common one with any of the coil sprung falcons XE-EL and probly AU aswell.

Replace your trailing arm bushes and it will disappear.
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Re: Axel Tramp

I get that aswell and I just put it down to the conditions of the road and my rubber on the car. The car goes in for a service soon so I will get the suspension looked at thoroughly then.

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Loosing the rear in the wet is a common problem, only a decent set of grippy tyers will fix that, or less enthusiastic use of the throttle.
i am actually trying to drift and slide...i know about bald tyres...my mate crashed with slicks on the back of his charade the other day and cleaned up 2 traffic lights and fractured his collar bone and wrote the car off...

my XF is a sedan so i have trailing arms...

thanx for ur advice XDC351 and MADXF...
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i am actually trying to drift and slide...i know about bald tyres...my mate crashed with slicks on the back of his charade the other day and cleaned up 2 traffic lights and fractured his collar bone and wrote the car off...

my XF is a sedan so i have trailing arms...

thanx for ur advice XDC351 and MADXF...
The worst cars to get sideways are underpowered cars like your 6. You have to try really hard to get it to brake traction, and when it does you have no control. With enough power you try not to brake traction, and if you do you have adequete power reserve to control it.
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