The VDP is headed back in to Brookline Jaguar Service
tomorrow for an oil change, a mysterious rattle from below
(cat heat shield, perhaps?), an engine rattle at start up
(tensioner wear or old oil?), and possibly new rear shocks.
John at BJS doesn’t believe that we actually need new rear
shocks, but the rear end feels loose to me especially after
the new front shocks were installed. I can bounce the rear
of the car and it will continue to bounce through 3 more
cycles when I’m done.
In any case, we started to talk about the front suspension
and why it seems to CRASH over seemingly small sharp bumps.
According to John there are no bump stops in the X300/330
front suspension; the crashing that I feel is the coil
spring completely closing and transfering it’s energy to the
vehicle’s structure! BANG!
This is a troubling predicament. There’s no way to smooth
this type of suspension action? Has anyone moved to a
stronger aftermarket spring to try and lessen the impact up
front? Of course, the worry would be that you’d ruin the
ride with a stiffer spring, correct?–
jaguarSean '97 VDP
Walpole, MA, United States
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