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one corner drop

Post by tima01887 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:23 am

The passenger side drops one inch, all three corners are good almost perfect. Any other owners seen this? My first thought is a bad spring, The front end is tight and I have new Konis front and rear. Car tracks straight and is fine except over rocky roads where it is jarring. Odd, tough diagnosis for me, The car is a 1983 2000.
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Re: one corner drop

Post by friedman » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:48 am

Is this a new issue or just something you noticed one day?
These old Fiats can sit rather wonky. Not unusual for me to jack up my spider or X at the front jack point and have jackstands that can be set at different heights on either side of the chassis to support the car.
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Re: one corner drop

Post by bartigue » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:55 am

I've had a couple with the droops. Assuming you have the original springs the car doesn't sit right to begin with (they're tall to conform to bumper height regulations of the time). Replace them all with one of the performance sets from AR to match the Konis.
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Re: one corner drop

Post by atruscott » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:23 am

I'd have thought it unusual for a single spring to age significantly ahead of it's siblings? Check the bushings, and look for one that might have failed - would tie in with jarring over uneven ground.
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Re: one corner drop

Post by davedecker4 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:46 pm

Could it be that one of the springs is not seated properly?
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Re: one corner drop

Post by bartigue » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:38 pm

Funny b/c I'd say almost every Spider 2000 I've had drooped a bit on one side. Maybe not an inch, but a little bit. Certainly check the rubber bits and the cross member, etc., because you don't just want to buy spring if they're not the issue.
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Re: one corner drop

Post by tima01887 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:38 pm

Thank you for the replies, I did have the front end checked out at Funimports, it was tight. It is a good clean car but sat around limited use for a couple decades. I did have issues with the front end and wheel wobble. The Cromadoras were a little beat up, I found a set of 15" EXIP's, New tires, General Altimax. The PO or the one before the PO had a early Spider rear end, Not bad but not hub centric, Had Funimports swap it to original spec..At that time he found a loose tie rod end on drivers side. Steering, tracking, ride improved significantly.

I was thinking of buying new springs to get a better feel on the road, I know the ride could be better, When i found the droop. That is a little History, Again thanks for the replies
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Re: one corner drop

Post by tima01887 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:04 pm

New information, I pulled the car out and took some more measures. I find the passenger rear is one inch higher than the drivers side rear, the passenger side is one inch lower than the front drivers side. Does this shed any light on my bane?
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Re: one corner drop

Post by miker » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:21 pm

Some ideas...not authoritative:

It's actually pretty hard for me to find dead-level pavement. Most driveways and my garage slope to drain water.

If you are going to replace the springs, think about ordering new spring seats (plastic), too. Between the old and new you might find a combination that levels things out.

A bad shock on one side or the other could also change static height.
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Re: one corner drop

Post by tima01887 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:01 pm

Took it for a spin corners evened out, I feel like a Spider nut. See what is like tomorrow
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