Jump to content


Toggle shoutbox Shoutbox - Chat with members! Open the Shoutbox in a popup

@  Mike T : (29 August 2015 - 07:33 AM) I've no idea! Sorry, I rarely went there anyway. I think they had "issues". Driving to Banff today in the rain in prep for a 290 km bike ride from Jasper to Banff. Cheers
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 11:24 PM) Ah. Just found Martin's tweet from January, but its link is dead so I have no details of why the club was dissolved
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:49 PM) Hey Mike, what happened to CsQ? I haven't logged in in over a year, but it seems the lights aren't on...?
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:39 PM) keep you eyes on the classifieds here, SCoA and CsQ, as well as Kijiji. Deals on rims pop up from time to time.
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:36 PM) and yes, you'll find even with a one inch drop there is plenty of arch gap. I'm -1.25 in the front and -1.4 out back and it could go lower (but would drive balls). I hate the useless stanced look.
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:34 PM) Figure a good $1400 or more to your door.
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 10:33 PM) Ouch. The shipping will be more than the (discounted) 19% VAT, and then you'll likely get a collect bill from Canada Post for GST/PST and duties.
@  Surturiel : (28 August 2015 - 05:15 PM) I found these: http://www.rs-parts....r-smart450.html
@  Surturiel : (28 August 2015 - 05:15 PM) Question: With the lowered springs (Eibach, 25mm), can I still put a set of 16" on my limousine?
@  Surturiel : (28 August 2015 - 05:14 PM) I'll see what I can do...
@  Francesco : (28 August 2015 - 08:56 AM) Check with Fast Eddy to see if he'll rent you the correct tool for cheap.
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) (like copper or aluminium)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:43 PM) I'll try with something hard, but not as hard as steel
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:42 PM) tolsen has posted about it before. Personally I thought a couple hours of tinkering was time better spent elsewhere, and the $50 for the tool well spent
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) you need a hardwood, soft won't do
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM) no worries, got the idea
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:40 PM) the hole being the exact size of the rod, not the disc. Sorry about the syntax
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:39 PM) A wooden clamp would work well. Drill a hole in a wooden disc the exact size of the strut rod's diameter, then cut the disc in half and add flats
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:13 PM) leather is too soft, as is rubber. I was thinking about either copper wire wound around the strut or tinfoil. and a vise Grip
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:11 PM) An old leather belt might work better, but I had no luck with it
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:10 PM) (I was thinking about a vise grip and tinfoil. you know, tinfoil is aluminum, and can potentailly protect the shock, and a vbise grip is FAR more useful than the clamp, but this is me trying to Mcgiver a solution, as usual...)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:07 PM) ah, ok, then
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:06 PM) The strut spins freely, you need the special clamping tool to provide flats for a big open ended wrench (with this tool 47 mm)
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:03 PM) Can't I use LOTS of wd40, a t47 bit and a breaker bar?
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 02:01 PM) The strut clamp is a necessity. Worth every cent I paid -- making something similar myself would have taken me more time than I'd like to spend in order to save the few bucks.
@  Surturiel : (27 August 2015 - 02:00 PM) c'mon! I'll use twine. And optimism.
@  Francesco : (27 August 2015 - 01:59 PM) I honestly didn't need them on the broken spring, and while handy for the lowering springs, not necessary.
@  dmoonen : (27 August 2015 - 08:06 AM) Spring compresssors are still needed. .Tolson why must you take the hard way to everything
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 03:59 PM) nah, the springs are broken, and I can use the ye old zip-tie trick. But since I'm going to put eibachs (-25mm) I won't worry.]
@  tolsen : (26 August 2015 - 03:43 PM) Clamp type spring compressors should not be used since the damage both protective coating and spring.
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) The spring compressors you can borrow at Canadian tire
@  dmoonen : (26 August 2015 - 11:27 AM) I have the Mercedes strut clamp you can borrow just pay shipping and if you break it you buy it. Pm me
@  Surturiel : (26 August 2015 - 08:51 AM) thanks, guys! And... does anyone in Vancouver area have the clamp so I can "rent"?
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:43 PM) To and from SK*. I'm just waiting on some bits to finish the Golf build
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 06:41 PM) Still driving it, drove it to and from and average 4.7l/100l loaded to the brim.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 06:19 PM) Dillen how much did you end up getting for the wagon?
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:13 PM) And if replacing the plastic bellows (dust boots) on the struts, cut a good 1.5" off the bottoms of them or they'll just compress around the stops and get in the way of the clamp tool
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:11 PM) also, take a new knife blade and cut about an inch off the bump stops unless you love bottoming out on small bumps.
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) wont need it for the Eibachs
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 05:09 PM) If the springs are broken at the top as suspected, the spring compressor might not be necessary.
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:49 PM) And a normal spring compressor
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Strut clamp tool*
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 04:46 PM) Lots of penetrating oil on the top nut and see if you can borrow a strut tool of you don't have the proper air tools
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:08 PM) Now, let's see if I can replace them without getting myself killed...
@  Surturiel : (25 August 2015 - 01:07 PM) Got the Eibach springs!
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 12:29 PM) Lol
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) ok, maybe MikeT
@  Francesco : (25 August 2015 - 10:18 AM) Who doesn't? Hehehe
@  dmoonen : (25 August 2015 - 07:46 AM) sounds like you have a decent to do list. .
@  Surturiel : (23 August 2015 - 08:00 PM) Perhaps even throw a set of powerflex purple bushings, and a set of 16" "space" wheels, but not now...)

Photo

New to this site


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 garbet

garbet
  • New Members
  • 2 posts
  • Location:Sarnia

Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:08 PM

Good evening. We're new to this site, living in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, north of Port Huron, Mi. Our first smart car was a new 2005 Black Cabriolet Pure (diesel). Then we purchased a new 2011 Smart fortwo Cabriolet Passion. It's sure nice having cruise, i'm use to that feature since it's on all of our vehicles.Looking forward to using my trailer when we go out of the area so I can bring my scooter along to use getting around site seeing. Lots of info on this site to read up on.Gary

#2 Huronlad

Huronlad
  • Regular Members
  • 3,268 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Seaforth, Ontario

Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:18 PM

Welcome! There are monthly meetings in and around the London area, for the London area owners.

"Kalliste" 2005 Bay Grey Pure, tach/clock pods, panoramic roof, a/c, soft touch, ignition free windows, vertical wipers, Euro turn signals, LED fog lights, LED turn signal side marker lights, Scanguage II, LED interior light, LED license plate lights, LED reverse lights, LED high brake light, UWC wheel covers, tinted windows, Wet Okole seat covers with carbon fibre heaters, under seat drawer, EBC brakes and rotors, Eibach and Boge suspension, Stebel air horn.
88218.png

"Labeeba" 2011 metallic silver Pure, tach/clock pods, A/C, arm rest, Design 1 alloy wheels, fog lights, all panels colour matched, heated seats, storage bin, oem storage cover, Area451 cruise control, Ultra Gauge, Team Dynamic Smartie 16" x 7.5" wheels, Yokohama S-Drive 215/40R16 tires, resonator box deleted.
87739.png


#3 Spike

Spike
  • Regular Members
  • 52 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Belmont, Ont.

Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:18 PM

Welcome to the site. There are events coming up in the near future, one of them, just across the border in your area. See this thread for more information. Hubby and I are going to it and we are coming from the London area. Maybe we'll see you. Dot :barbie:
Dot

#4 Mike T

Mike T

    We pre-ordered our first smart in July 2002!

  • Directors
  • 28,546 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC CDN

Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:23 PM

Welcome!

2006 smart BRABUS Canada 1 cabriolet, FlyingTiger map 380023_5.png
2013 Ford Fiesta SE 5 speed, 203A and Winter packages 542252_5.png
2008 Mercedes-Benz B 200 5 speed, other goodies 206221_5.png
1966 Peugeot 404 Coupé Injection, in restoration (2016) 201066_5.png


#5 JackAlan

JackAlan
  • New Members
  • 1 posts
  • Location:Surrey British Columbia Canada

Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:39 PM

Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I wouldnít have joined if it hadnít been for an old friend that dropped in on me the other day. I must say I was surprised the vehicle he had to show me was a tiny Smart Car and not the 500 cubic inch V8 I last remembered. Rick had forgotten my field of expertise but he did remember was that I have a good sized CNC Lathe I enjoy as a hobby.He explained there was no bumpers on the Smart Car and showed me a tow hook that had only 2-1/2 Ė 3 threads of poor form. It was difficult to measure with so few threads but a lucky measurement put it at 8 threads per inch. The thread shape looked forged or cast but definitely not turned. I am still surprised to believe the vehicle can be towed from that one hook with only ĹĒ of threads engaged.So you may guess the next request Rick made. He wanted me to make him a set of special bolts so he could fasten a two row steel tube bumper. He drove off and came back 2 days later to fetch his prize.The machinery handbook describes accurately each acme thread in each class. Naturally the smart carís insert didnít adhere to any of them and so none of the 4 bolts I made him fit. Too tight. He liked the bright nickel plating though.It became a game of turning a few samples to arrive at a good strong fit and in the end he went away happy.To my surprise he could only use 3 of the four bolts as I understand there is only one in the front.Iím trying to figure a practical & simple solution for the average car owner to install a second front threaded insert so a bumper could be added. That's what I do.When I come up with something Iíll be happy to share.Thanks,Jack Alan

#6 Mike T

Mike T

    We pre-ordered our first smart in July 2002!

  • Directors
  • 28,546 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, BC CDN

Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:43 PM

Hi Jack, there is a second threaded hole on the driver's side, but you would have to drill through the panel to access it.

2006 smart BRABUS Canada 1 cabriolet, FlyingTiger map 380023_5.png
2013 Ford Fiesta SE 5 speed, 203A and Winter packages 542252_5.png
2008 Mercedes-Benz B 200 5 speed, other goodies 206221_5.png
1966 Peugeot 404 Coupé Injection, in restoration (2016) 201066_5.png


#7 Sparky

Sparky
  • Regular Members
  • 37 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Langley BC Canada

Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:10 PM

Good evening. We're new to this site, living in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, north of Port Huron, Mi. Our first smart car was a new 2005 Black Cabriolet Pure (diesel). Then we purchased a new 2011 Smart fortwo Cabriolet Passion. It's sure nice having cruise, i'm use to that feature since it's on all of our vehicles. Looking forward to using my trailer when we go out of the area so I can bring my scooter along to use getting around site seeing. Lots of info on this site to read up on. Gary

Welcome Gary. You will love this site with all the great people sharing thought and info common to all of us. Enjoy your new Passion. Sparky




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users