Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/27/21 8:29 a.m.
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An Austin-Healey Sprite’s suspension is simple but, like that also found on an MGB, rather unique in that it doesn’t feature upper A-arms. The lever arm shock absorber simply acts as the upper locating device.

It’s simple yet, judging by all of the wins, obviously effective. Ea…

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wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
9/28/21 11:48 a.m.
Tim Suddard said:
 

An Austin-Healey Sprite’s suspension is simple but, like that also found on an MGB, rather unique in that it doesn’t feature upper A-arms. The lever arm shock absorber simply acts as the upper locating device.

Well the MGB has an A arm - it is simply attached to the shock body rather than bolted to the chassis.

Agree that the single locating arm used on the Spridgets posed other issues. People seemed to have managed them pretty well - things involving the quarter eliptics on the rear of early models etc., and the single locating arm on the front held up amazingly well except on cars running big sticky modern race rubber.

The whole car was basically the mechanicals from an Austin A35 swapped onto a new monocoque with a few changes.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/30/21 8:25 a.m.

In reply to wspohn :

Totally agree. Shocking how this crude set up has endured and worked so well.

 

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