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Thread: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers

  1. #11 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    Quote Originally Posted by jon_cox View Post
    Hi Robin
    I think your top damper brackets are the wrong way around. The build manual states the damper mounting holes should be closer to the outside as per the photo posted by dcunn above in post #4.
    please double check.

    My original suggestion to DCunn was fitting the bolt from the front to make changing the shock easier.
    but jon you are mistaken DC top brackets are the wrong way round.
    Top mount should be inboard following a natural angle from the bottom plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b_caswell View Post
    My original suggestion to DCunn was fitting the bolt from the front to make changing the shock easier.
    but jon you are mistaken DC top brackets are the wrong way round.
    Top mount should be inboard following a natural angle from the bottom plate.

    Ha - interesting. That's why I fitted mine inboard. But I checked the manual and it does indeed indicate they should be the other way round. I don't suppose it makes a terrific amount of difference either way.

    Cheers, Robin
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  3. #13 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    Quote Originally Posted by b_caswell View Post
    My original suggestion to DCunn was fitting the bolt from the front to make changing the shock easier.
    but jon you are incorrect DC top brackets are the wrong way round.
    Top mount should be inboard following a natural angle from the bottom plate.
    Interesting debate. I actually agree with you Ben and I believe this is the way they were fitted when on the original Marina / Ital donor car.
    I was merely pointing out that the Later Marlin Roadster build manual suggests that they are fitted as per DC's picture. Maybe, the fact that the lower damper mounting plates have been swapped from side to side to position the dampers rearward of the axle (which incidentally is the reason the handbrake cable is so close as per the original topic of this thread) has altered the geometry slightly prompting Marlin / YKC to suggest the change in orientation?
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  4. #14 Re: Proximity of handbrake cable to rear dampers 
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    FWIW - and as far as my aged grey cells can remember, those brackets had large and smaller bolts so could only ever have been
    fitted the way they were.......unimportant anyway in the overall build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jon_cox View Post
    Interesting debate. I actually agree with you Ben and I believe this is the way they were fitted when on the original Marina / Ital donor car.
    I was merely pointing out that the Later Marlin Roadster build manual suggests that they are fitted as per DC's picture. Maybe, the fact that the lower damper mounting plates have been swapped from side to side to position the dampers rearward of the axle (which incidentally is the reason the handbrake cable is so close as per the original topic of this thread) has altered the geometry slightly prompting Marlin / YKC to suggest the change in orientation?
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    my build manual didn't mention that
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