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    1948 Champion coupe leans on corners.

    I have not driven my 48 coupe much yet, but I am concerned about how much it leans on corners. I am talking about corners taken at 5-10 MPH or less. I have made the 'old jump on the bumper test' and it seems to have good shocks. I have noted that there are no stabilizer bars, front or rear. Did the 1948 Champion offer a stabilizer bar? If not, is it possible to build them?
    73, Jim


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    They all lean on curves.
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    My '49 leaned a lot.
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    MY brother's 59 Chevy leans like that. It is a combo of soft springs, wore-out bushings, and no sway bars. I have had that thing about flipped on turns, even banked ones.
    Alex Nelsen; Georgia Southern student and Studebaker nut.
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    I drive a Miata as my DD. This is going to take some getting used to.
    Thanks for the replies.
    73, Jim


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    My 1947 Champion 4-door sedan used to have the same problem.

    At the suggestion of a couple of members of the Atlantic Canada Chapter SDC, I had an excellent local spring shop put one extra leaf in each rear spring of the car a few years ago. (Later, I found that this is how Studebaker made a heavy-duty spring.) The improvement in handling was amazing, especially cornering. Also, the rear end of the car sits about 3 cm. higher, looking much more attractive.

    Another worthwhile improvement resulted from switching from bias-ply to radial tires a few years before the spring job. My preference is to use tires no larger than 195R75-15 to reduce the chance of wheel problems. Since this tire size is now difficult to find, I look for tires of similar profile.
    Bill

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    I would recommend staying off all roads with corners .

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