|Hitting it with the stick!|
Back when I was a little younger, I always wanted the 8880 Technic Super Car, but alas pocket money wouldn't quite stretch to it. Fast forward a few years and thanks to the magic of eBay I picked up a second hand example, built it and proudly sat it on the shelf (I may have played with it occasionally..).
Despite its obvious awesome-ness I always felt the extreme ride height didn't suit it. Here it is built roughly stock:
I say roughly as I built it with the steering wheel on the correct side. Due to clearance between the steering and gearbox I built the whole car mirrored, the only issue being the gearbox selection is mirrored too. Oh well.
Anyway, to lower it I moved the top spring mounts up a couple of studs using some extra beams above the original mounts. At the theres plenty of room in the arch for the wheel to move; at the front there isn't which necessitated some re-modelling of the area.
Much better! There's not much in the way of suspension travel but who needs it when it looks this good. Here's how it was done at the front:
The new mounts are braced to the original beam and there's a strut brace kind of arrangement to stiffen it further. The back is done in a similar way except the engine means the bracing won't fit; however the engine gives the area enough strength anyway. Sorted.
Next jobs are to possibly fit some 8865 style front lights and maybe move the engine forward for better weight distribution. I removed the external steering wheel which gives me the room to do that. Or maybe I'm putting way too much thought into it...