[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]
Re: No ABS?
> Al, I don't think it is my foot on the brake pedal causing a back tire
> to occassionally lock up. If the front tires are at there thresh hold
> and a back tire locks I would have to blame it on balance of the car.
> With the stock suspension the brake dive is horrendous, and I have to
> believe that the unloding of the rear end is greater than if the car sat
> flatter. I also have to say that an abrupt application of the brakes
> causes the rear end to lock more easily than if the brakes are applied
> smoothly and not causing such a violent weight transfer.
You have a point. You seem to have a good case for sudden
unweighting to be the cause. Obviously, the reduced weight would
allow a brake to lock earlier. In another post, you made a
distinction between the ABS on your specific car and that of others.
It's certainly your call as to whether the cure is worse than the
disease! One thing I CAN tell you - if you lock up the rears, that
car will swap ends REAL fast because the fronts will be stopping
faster. BTDT!! So unless you can re-apportion braking or otherwise
solve the problem, the aspect of ABS which keeps the brakes from
locking still seems to warrant consideration.
Sounds like this is not something with an easy solution for you!
Al Powell Voice: 409/845-2807
Ag Communications Fax: 409/862-1202
107 Reed McDonald Bldg. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
College Station, TX 77843-2112
W3 page - http://agcomwww.tamu.edu/agcom/satellit/rpe/alpage.htm