1. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    The transverse leaf spring suspension on the earlier Trabants (pre 1984?) provides great handling around corners but the ride quality is a bit choppy. I forgot how choppy the ride was until I started driving my Trabant since I got it out of my garage and started driving it again.

    There is a company producing parabolic leaf springs for the MGB which is supposed to provide a better ride. I wondered if anyone ever thought Trabants could benefit using a more modern type of leaf spring suspension? If anyone even makes one? Are these type of springs any better?

    I understand it the Corvette still uses transverse leaf springs although parabolic made of some composite material like carbon fiber or something simply because they handle better than coil springs.
  2. A Spooky Ghost

    A Spooky Ghost Loyal Comrade

    I have no idea about the other springs, but have you greased up both front, and rear spring packs?
  3. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    Sorry for the late reply. I have sprayed them with some sort of graphite lubricant called Penophite. Thinking it may creep within the leaves but other than that how can you get grease between the leaves?
  4. A Spooky Ghost

    A Spooky Ghost Loyal Comrade

    I use a big straight screwdriver, to gently pry up each leaf a smidgen. Then squirt/ smear some wheel bearing grease in between it. If you do this for each single leaf, then wipe off the excess on the outside.
  5. kev the builder

    kev the builder Loyal Comrade

    You need to periodically strip the leaves and de rust the leaves and regrease them as the rust causes them to stick together there is a special tool for greasing them which is a piece of thin metal pipe which fits onto a grease gun and goes between the leaves when they are levered apart

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