Hassler shocks and wheel balancing

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Hassler shocks and wheel balancing
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Moorehead on Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 08:21 am:

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.
Tom


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 08:35 am:

Tom,

I agree, the Hassler shocks make the car heavier and not much else. For sure removing them improves driveability and steering on center feel.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gene Carrothers Huntington Beach on Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 07:15 pm:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bud Holzschuh - Panama City, FL on Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 09:16 pm:

Removed the Hasslers on my 15 touring shortly after i put it on the road. Never looked back.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Terry Woods, Katy, Texas on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 12:11 am:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 12:13 am:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 08:44 am:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Moorehead on Monday, July 08, 2013 - 05:27 pm:

The ones I removed were behive and only on the front.


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