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On Sun, 16 Mar 1997, Michael Shields wrote:
> > You can feel the chassis flex often on bumpy roads.
> What exactly does chassis flex feel like? I can understand why it's
> bad but except for having less traction than you might, what are the
Oh boy, that's a tuffy. Detecting chassis flex is not easily
taught or described, because it feels similar to suspension travel.
I've driven a few cars with extremely stiff chassis - race cars with full
cages -and these have a completely different feel about them. They
feel like the chassis moves as a unit while the suspension soaks up the
bumps. Unfortunately, that description applies to any car - that's why
you have to experience it to know. On a really flexible car, you can
almost see the windshield move in different directions than the rest of
car, like on a Chrysler convertible.
BTW, the 5000 is NOT stiff at all. I have seen few cars flex as
much as this car. This is likely evidence of why it is so safe in a
crash- it is very absorbant.
Graydon D. Stuckey
'86 5KCSTQ, getting more toys every day...