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    Default R8 rear suspension straps

    Good idea to check them from time to time.....

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    I jacked the car up for another wee job and just after the rear wheel left the ground there was a slight bump, and it dropped back down....

    Dimensions for a genuine item are given on the photograph.
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    You can use conveyor belting and cut to length as a replacement but it is normally twice as wide (but apparently matches Gordini straps).
    I used to have some spare. I could look if you need some?
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    I've also had a limit strap break when jacking up the R10. I've since replaced them with galv. chain inside 25mm clear vinyl tubing. Now easily adjustable and much stronger.

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    Galv. chain eh? I'd not thought of that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    You can use conveyor belting and cut to length as a replacement but it is normally twice as wide (but apparently matches Gordini straps). I used to have some spare. I could look if you need some?
    Thanks Kevin. I have spares I'm glad to say. These cars are so unreliable. The straps have failed twice now in 43 years!!
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    Just drill another hole a bit further down. It'll last another 40 odd years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Just drill another hole a bit further down. It'll last another 40 odd years.
    That's so obvious I'd not thought of it!! It would reduce suspension travel by a few cm mind you.

    Thanks Simon!!
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    I used to use conveyer belt cut in half as well but now use Land Rover check straps (bought on eBay) cut to length.

    cheers! Peter

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    I don;t bother cutting it in half:
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    I used to use conveyer belt cut in half as well but now use Land Rover check straps (bought on eBay) cut to length. cheers! Peter
    Should be strong enough! Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    I don;t bother cutting it in half:
    They're strong enough for the mighty Fregate too..


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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    I don;t bother cutting it in half:
    I have to find room laterally for a camber compensator strap which loops up just about where the droop strap loops down.

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    The chain story comes a long way in my application namely racing with a locked diff. It serves multiple purposes as follows.

    1) it won't break when flat out in a corner with possible disastrous effects.

    2) it is easily adjustable.

    3) it is set up to a comfortable length when traveling in a straight line with fair suspension travel. When cornering the inside chain swings towards the gearbox making it effectively shorter and reduces the travel or lifts the inside wheel sooner. That's what you need with a locked diff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    I used to use conveyer belt cut in half as well but now use Land Rover check straps (bought on eBay) cut to length. cheers! Peter
    Well, that's ideal Peter. One strap is long enough for both sides: Rear Check Strap for Land Rover Series 2 2A 3 SWB & LWB 880mm 598854.

    $22 plus postage. 2 minutes to order, delivered to your door!

    Thank you.
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    ...I don't think Napoleon would have approved using Pommy stuff on a French car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    ...I don't think Napoleon would have approved using Pommy stuff on a French car.
    Don't worry, it is probably Indian!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    ...I don't think Napoleon would have approved using Pommy stuff on a French car.
    Perhaps not, but it helped Citroen and Renault penetrate into numerous export markets. :-)
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