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Post Re: All about: 2CV suspension
toomany was the forged original type
notsmartcar was the crappy cracked hex

there has been many attempts to better the Citroen solution none seem capable of matching its function

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December 2nd, 2010, 11:15 pm
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petitepoupée wrote:
I would have said that the crack in 2many's photo was in its first flush of disaster, BTW ;)


Not a "crack", just a little worn groove.

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Post Re: All about: 2CV suspension
Sean wrote:
toomany was the forged original type
notsmartcar was the crappy cracked hex

there have been many attempts to better the Citroen solution none seem capable of matching its function


Whoops! Yep- got the two of 'em mixed up. Thanks for the correction.

If it's so good at reducing friction (this is the thing which keeps getting mentioned) in a suspension system, one would expect to see it taken up by others. Don't get me wrong - it obviously works fine on the 2CV, but it looks like a potential failure/weak point unless the grease is kept up to it. Today, around 70 years since the design of the thing, articulated joints are a little less maintenance dependant. For that read "sealed for life" - zero maintenance.


December 2nd, 2010, 11:26 pm
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petitepoupée wrote:
Today, around 70 years since the design of the thing


Well, that's the thing, isn't it? For a '40s design, the 2cv's suspension is absolute genius - and fairly low maintenance for the era. As designs "improved" (in terms of maintenance requirements, at least), the 2cv got a bit left behind. But that doesn't make it less effective. Most of those "improvements" were primarily reductions in cost to build and run - and sod the ride quality etc.

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December 2nd, 2010, 11:30 pm
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I quite agree with you... and there've been improvements in metallurgy, electronics, etc too.
Our '09 Sizaire has a very "modern" feature like the BMW "valvetronic" system - except that it's done mechanically (ie crudely) rather than electronically.


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Post Re: All about: 2CV suspension
i am very new to a 2cv - and not very technical minded - so excuse if stupid questions
my 2cv makes a squeeky noise when rocked - could it be the cannisters need to be oiled - if so how is this done?


June 8th, 2011, 10:53 am
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Use vegetable oil. pull the rubber gaiter back and squirt some in, rotate the cans and rock the car. you can use a paraffin gun or something similar to make it easier.

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Parafin gun? Genius. Was about to but an oil pump
Joe do I need to attach a pipe?
I shall finally oil my cans they are hurrendous

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June 8th, 2011, 1:11 pm
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i used a paraffin gun with a pipe with a small nozzle, so i could get a bit more pressure behind it. but an oil pump would work too.

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ive been meaning to put the veg oil i bought a year ago in since i bought it

i dont really want to go and buy an oil pump just for one job,
somewhere i have a parafin gun, now to find it
i used it to wax oil the car last year!

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