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Unread 04-24-2013, 01:50 AM   #1
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hi all, yesterday I created a post titled "LIFT KIT" and I got a lot of information. So I went out to my garage to take a look under my Club Car DS (2001, 48 volt) and I noticed I had very little clearance between my front leaf spring and my front wheels (Photos attached). The cart has been driving fine with NO scraping sounds but I can tell there has been some rubbing.

Do you know how much clearance I should have? Is that normal clearance? If not what would cause that?

Also, I was planning on purchasing a lift kit, do you think I should also purchase a new front leaf spring or could the drooping be caused by something else?

Thanks for any info you can give me.

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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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Default Re: Leaf Spring (Front)

You will need to get at least 10" rims with a lift kit. And yes it is normal for the spring perch to be that close. Rubbing can be due to rough use over bumps and everything flexing.


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Unread 04-24-2013, 07:52 AM   #3
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Maybe if you used offset wheels?

I agree with the other post that 10" wheels would probably give you clearance.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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You will need to get at least 10" rims with a lift kit. And yes it is normal for the spring perch to be that close. Rubbing can be due to rough use over bumps and everything flexing.


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Got it. Thanks for your input.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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in photo 2 it looks like your bushing is cracked .. worn bushings will also cause rubbing .. id get new ones soon
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in photo 2 it looks like your bushing is cracked .. worn bushings will also cause rubbing .. id get new ones soon
Good eye, will do
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is that a screw in your tire ??
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In the first pic looks like the pivot arm nut needs to be tightened. A lot of gap there!

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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:07 PM   #9
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These bushings go bad all the time. I use the polyurethane replacements because the rubber ones wear out and cause loose steering.
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These bushings go bad all the time. I use the polyurethane replacements because the rubber ones wear out and cause loose steering.
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