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Old 28th September 2009, 19:24   #91
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For 50% of their online Alibaba cost of 'FOB Mumbai 2000 USD' you'd rather contact them directly.

Vijay sir, are Front CFLs out for the 540/550?
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Well, it seems that we have an issue with the front CFL's on the Gypsy. (i think it is there in swastikviji's Gypsy also).

The issue is with the length of the leaf and it is some 3/4th of an inch longer. This means that the shackle is fully extended and very very less room for it to move forward and if it moves forward, the shacke will rub/touch the leaf.

I drove for some 20Kms here in Bangalore today and found the ride/handling a bit wobbly. At times, when the wheels hit a pothole, there was a definite steering shake/wobble (Something that I have NEVER experienced before in the Gypsy).

The manufacturer needs to reduce the length by 3/4th of an inch.

Here are the pics.

Very less room for vertical movement..

Composite Fibre Leaf Springs: Can they be used for off-roading?-img0162a.jpg

The shackle is fully extended. It should follow the yellow line and come back as shown by red arrow. That means that the length of the leaf should be reduced by nearly 3/4th of an Inch. That should solve this issue
Composite Fibre Leaf Springs: Can they be used for off-roading?-img0165a.jpg

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For 50% of their online Alibaba cost of 'FOB Mumbai 2000 USD' you'd rather contact them directly.

Vijay sir, are Front CFLs out for the 540/550?
Hi Iron Wolf,

Sorry i don't know i have not enquired about it.
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My CJ340 CF leaf experiment is described here: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-t...ml#post1517469
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The manufacturer needs to reduce the length by 3/4th of an inch.
Can't this issue be partially resolved by using slightly longer shackles? (shackle lift) Or does a longer shackle affect the handling or reliability or performance of the Gypsy?
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Sankar, you have to make it lot longer to negate the extra angle. It will raise the vehicle much higher. Then the shocks will get stay in stretched state. Not to forget the rise in CG. The correct thing to do is shorten the leaf.
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Sankar, you have to make it lot longer to negate the extra angle. It will raise the vehicle much higher. Then the shocks will get stay in stretched state. Not to forget the rise in CG. The correct thing to do is shorten the leaf.
Yes if much longer shackles are used then there are other things to take care of. I thought slightly longer ones would do.

But is it possible to shorten the leafs? How are these CF leafs attached to the metal piece at the ends? I see two bolts, but i don't think those two bolts alone holds the leaf to the metal part. There must be some kind of glue or must be a pressure fit, otherwise the bolts won't take the stress.
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Sankar, you have to make it lot longer to negate the extra angle. It will raise the vehicle much higher. Then the shocks will get stay in stretched state. Not to forget the rise in CG. The correct thing to do is shorten the leaf.
Yeah, longer shackle will work but would create it's own set of things to deal with.

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.... But is it possible to shorten the leafs? ..
You can't shorten the leafs yourself. The manufacturer will fabricate a new set which will be ~1" shorter than the current ones.

The existing ones will be replaced by the manufacturer
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The manufacturer needs to reduce the length by 3/4th of an inch.

Here are the pics.

Very less room for vertical movement..

Attachment 198855

The shackle is fully extended. It should follow the yellow line and come back as shown by red arrow. That means that the length of the leaf should be reduced by nearly 3/4th of an Inch. That should solve this issue
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Hi bhai,
1> You are right on that count. I noticed the same thing on a gypsy owned by some I know.
2> Maybe you could fabricate a longer shackle and try it.
3> It would probably help matters,although I would think it would be prone to body roll more.
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Heres a Pic of my front Shackle with CFL's

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I would like to fix carbon fibre leaf springs for my Tata Sumo,is there any contact number for ARC industries in coimbatore.

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Your Gypsy looks macho , especially the alloys what brand is it & how much did it cost.
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My Gypsy has now done 1800kms, no glitches except for a leaking coolant tank that needed thread sealant tape to cure that.
Most - almost all- the time it will carry just two people, often just me alone. Before trying out the CFL, I am thinking of getting 4 bags of sand, of 50kilos each, and keeping it in the rear as ballast, because I notice that the back and forth pitching that is so unsettling in the car, reduces drastically with just two people at the back. I met a Gypsy driver of over ten years standing who told me that this makes the Gypsy a much better/settled vehicle to use on the highway. Any other thoughts for ballast?
My only concern is parking inside malls/hotels, where this will involve a conversation each time with the entrance security.
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Make it blocks of stones placed on a thick layer of sponge sheet or mattress. Easy to explain it. I have been thinking of similar ballast for my CJ340. In USA, pretty much every small pickups use something similar.
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Well yes, but the bags of sand would be easier to man handle in and out when the rear space is needed? And if the stones shift and hammer the body would be the concern. But I shall mull over that, thanks.
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For everyone's benefit, here's the CFL product brochure from Dr Nano INC.

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Dont ask what I (usually a modern car and classic car enthusiast), who's never done an OTR in his life, is doing in 4wd waters. Thats a story for later.
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