So yesterday, traveling two up, on a not especially bumpy road at below 30 mph, moderately loud bang from the left rear corner and I'm suddenly sat in a CSR with very different handling characteristics.
I pulled into a side street and had a look and clearly something had broken.
A peak underneath revealed that the bottom end of the spring/damper was no longer attached to the upright - it’s mounting point on the upright appears to have sheared.
Now recovered back to my garage and I’ll go take a look later, with it jacked up & the wheel off - I’ll post some more pictures then.
A few initial questions:
- Caterham seem to want £1,300 for the part and it’s made to order (i.e. not available!). https://caterhamparts.co.uk/csr/1840-rear-upright-assembly-lh-csr.html - Are there other sources?
- Any informed guidance as to if the part could be repairable - would gaffer tape & bluetak hold it together?
- Anything I should be aware of as I start to take it apart - is there a CSR rear suspension assembly guide anywhere?
- It’s chassis number 18, so a very early car and this looks to be fatigue. Is it likely that the right hand side is going to go the same way?
All guidance and experiences very welcome, thanks...
(please don't tell me not to attempt to repair it with gaffer tape!)