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Body damage on bumps?

Rickieh

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In my car hitting even the smallest bumps makes a loud noise. Obviously the suspension is very short and not much travel so I expect thats why. Also the body obviously has to be mounted somehow....

My question is what are the odds I damage the body hitting bumps? Should I be worried about the loud noise made by even small bumps?
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
That's a fairly broad statement. Where is the noise coming from? If you're getting a "loud" noise from small bumps, then yes, you have an issue somewhere. Are the tires hitting? Is there a gasket on the canopy (or not)? If not, the canopy alone can "clomp" pretty badly and rattle. Is the engine cover and hood fastened securely?
 

Rickieh

Member
Noises definitely coming from underneath, hood and all that are good and solid. I'm just worried where the body is mounted will eventually crack. I assume the mounts are not just fiberglass holes right? Roads where I am are 3rd world level. Imagine the noises your daily driver makes on bumps just 5x louder. It may also be I just perceive it more since my sterling has no noise dampening lining or anything like my normal car does
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
:) Yes, the mounts are just holes through the fiberglass. Is the battery and/or the hydraulic pump up front? Are they solidly mounted? If so, take a peek under the nose and see how badly it's scraped. It's very possible that you're bottoming on the rough roads and/or the tires are hitting the wheel wells (look for marks on the tires and on the fiberglass). Take a couple buddies and actually try to lift the front end and see if the body itself is solidly mounted - do the same for the back. The cars are louder due to no dampening for sure, but without actually being there and hearing the noise, it's difficult to determine the actual cause. You'll have to do some snooping. Will the body crack? Maybe, but likely just stress crack. The forward mounting points are about 1/2" thick.
 
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