Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Whitby, Ontario
Something else I havfe found that the Special has that is different from all of the other LH cars is the rear cross member. While I haven't been able to compare it to the "normal" one, I suspect that either/and the rubber isolaters and the centre section are stiffer. This would result in a lot less rear flex.
It is listed as a different part number in the book.
(The R/T uses the normal one, so the Special would have less rear flex I would suspect)
I had to replace the one in the soon-to-be-on-the-road 300M, as the centre section had a slight bend, so it was better and cheaper to replace it than screw around.
As a sort of word of warning - the rear cross member is a relatively fragile piece. It is two very nice die cast aluminium outer pieces that the lower control arms are bolted to, and is bolted to the frame.. However, the two are separated by an aluminium rectangular tube, that is about 3/16th inches thick. This in itself is not overly bad, however, if one were to kiss a curb with a bit of speed, or have one rear wheel drop into a pot hole at speed, the tube could be compromised. It is not easily seen, as it is over the muffler.
Anyone with a chronic alignment or handling problem would be well advised to have it looked at.
goal - have one of my parts on every DI car:biggrinfl
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