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Corvette leaf spring, is it a good idea.
 
mbolton  posted on May 11, 2009 3:57:13 PM - Report post

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I can't help but notice that the Admiral who posted the original misinformation hasn't said anything.

Probably because you aren't presenting an argument.

He said it was a bad idea, then you contradicted him--implying it's a good idea. The onus is on you to show why it is a good idea. This is something you have not done.

If you present an argument, rather than just describing the mechanism in question, then perhaps he can join in.

I wasn't saying it was a bad thing. I was making a point. Same as Dhampy, I was making note of the fact that leaf springs are far from being new tech.

But they are. They aren't steel. Steel coil springs were used on rail cars before Otto invented his engine. Glass fiber springs however were only used on cars for the first time in the late 70s. That makes the technology new. The way the Corvette uses a cantilevered spring is different than a buggy thus the suspension design isn't old. It's new. So we have new spring technology combined with a new way of using the spring. Which part was old?

 
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Which part was old?

The idea of a leaf spring.

It's like propellers. The first were wood. Making them out of newer, more modern materials does not make them new tech.

[Edited by AdmiralThrawn, 5/11/2009 4:03:55 PM]

 
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Which part was old?

The idea of a leaf spring.

It's like propellers. The first were wood. Making them out of newer, more modern materials does not make them new tech.

[Edited by AdmiralThrawn, 5/11/2009 4:03:55 PM]

So the only old part is a spring that works by bending. I guess that is about as old as springs come. Cave paintings show pictures of people hunting with cantilevered springs with a string tied to either end.

I guess you are right... if you ignore all the reasons why the Corvette's leaf spring is entirely unlike the truck axle and leaf spring that people scorn.

I trust you understand that not only is it not primitive, it's actually very good and advanced.

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