My 27 roadster was equipped with Hassler front springs and wire wheels. Just for fun, I decided to remove the springs and see how it drives. Without the springs I can notice a marked improvement in the steering and ride feel. I still had a slight vibration in the steering wheel but nothing I did not have before.
I came back to the shop and added stick on wheel weights to one wheel only, as the other front wheel did not seem to require any weights. The process of spinning the wheel and noting the position where it stops with freshly packed, adjusted and greased bearings was what I used to balance the wheel. About two ounces did the trick.
The test drive demonstrated much improvement, with no vibration at any speed. I have only been playing with model T's for 13 years and learn something new often. I wish I had changed the Hasslers and balanced the tires earlier. It sure makes the driving even more enjoyable to an already enjoyable time.
It would be interesting to know if others have similar opinions and thoughts.
I agree, the Hassler shocks make the car heavier and not much else. For sure removing them improves driveability and steering on center feel.
Dynabeads installed inside the tubes are the best way to balance the tires. They always stay in balance as the tires wear which doesn't happen with normal tire balancing.
Removed the Hasslers on my 15 touring shortly after i put it on the road. Never looked back.
Is it just the "beehive" Hasslers that are a problem, or the "pancake", too. I once had a 16 touring with beehives. Never had any problems or complaints with them.
Drive without fenders and you'll see how much the front Hasslers work.
Rear Hasslers stiffened the ride of the Speedster, I learned after I removed them.
I have beehive hasslers on two cars. The cars without them are much better driving, handling, and on bumpy roads.
Also have some of the 26 - 27 pancake style. At some point I will have a couple sets of each for sale.
The ones I removed were behive and only on the front.