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All four wheels off the ground... is it liable to seriously damage your suspension?

i.e. taking off over a hump back bridge

This might seem a weird question, but... You see them doing it in rally cars and surviving just fine, but they have special suspension setup I guess. So would landing the car be liable to seriously damage the suspension?
 

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Nothing yet! lol But there's a great stretch of road on the way home with a low hump-bridge on it. Now if you went over that at 60 then I'm sure you'd take off.... now that would be fun provided it didn't knacker my car!
 

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Miiike said:
get a fifty quid car and do it :) cause you will prob bust either your suspention, tires,
I did in my old B reg Escort a few years ago.... and yes the suspension was never quite the same.... it bounced down the road after a pot hole after that! However it was shot already. I reckon the MG would be quite happy if I did it once of twice, but yeah if I did it every day for a year I should imagine bits would start to fall off! :hiding:
 

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Errm, have you ever considered what would happen if someone was coming the other way if you did a daft stunt like that? :wallb:

How about if someone's mum or sister or daughter etc. was crossing that bit of road as you took off?

Would suspension damage seem the important factor then? :x:
 

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Well said driveby, and what would happen when either your front bib ripped off, or your sump got torn appart leaving a nice oilslick on the road.... i certainly wouldnt risk it, unless i was a member of the Dirty Sanchez Crew.... and then i would do it on a jet powered skateboard backwards with my nuts out! :lol:
 

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For the sake of forum etticate, I held back on what I actually wanted to say in relation to an action of that kind.

Motorcyclists for example, all get lots of bad PR, just because of the one moron that thinks it's cool to go through the middle of a quiet village on the back wheel at 60, while it is full of people shopping - the other twenty or thirty bikes that follow him are all then tarred with the same brush, regardless of how considerate or sensible they are.

Leave it to the trained stunt guys on specially prepared off road sections in their specially prepared cars.

Even they have ambulances standing by in case it goes wrong.

Just think about it logically before attempting it. We don't need or want attention of that kind.

You don't want a spell in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.
 

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I don't think we can crucify him yet without a bit more info.

The lane could very well be a 1 way, national speed limit job. The bridge would see you leave the floor at a maximum of half a meter. The sump would survive intact as that kind of hit would have been tested for before it even got past the R&D stage. I mean we're not talking about a 80mph jump over a ramp with oncoming traffic.

As for hitting people, well, I can drive down my street at 20mph (which I do because there's lots of kids where I live) and be just as likely of hitting someone.

I get where you're coming from about being responsible but all he's done is voice a curiosity that all but the tamest of people, especially men, would have thought to themselves at one point. I know before now I've been doing 60 towards a place called Bryncoch through a lane and felt the suspension get light as I've gone over a slight rise in the road. Everytime I've done it I've thought "I wonder."

As for getting tarred with the same brush by pedestrians, that happened when you bought your Zed mate. To people who would be inclined to "tar" someone, the Zed and a chav Corsa with a 4foot exhaut and cheap plastic bodyparts would look the same.

If you're young,male and driving a Zed, in their eyes at least, you're a no good joyrider who's going to kill someone.
 

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DriveBy said:
Errm, have you ever considered what would happen if someone was coming the other way if you did a daft stunt like that? :wallb:

How about if someone's mum or sister or daughter etc. was crossing that bit of road as you took off?

Would suspension damage seem the important factor then? :x:
well said charlie .....wish we still had the clapping emoticon!!
 

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TBH this horrifies me !!!

As some of you know my husband was hit my some w***er doing exactly the same thing, that is flying down a quiet country road seeing if he could take each dip faster than the last. This has left hubby severly disabled while the twat that hit him is just getting on with life, my hubby has had to change his life... so has my daughter and me. My hubby has lost the one thing he loved the most....his ability to ride a bike, after 3 years hes not long driving a bloody car... just because of something as stupid and irresponsible as the subject of this thread.
I dont want to make any further comments regarding my hubby.Also would rather this wasnt discussed if he attends meets with me.

Im no angel i ride my bike and drive my car much too fast sometimes but ffs....be sensible.
 

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I don't think we can crucify him yet without a bit more info.
Yup that is very fair comment Tricky,

I dont want to be having a go at the guy if it is simply a hypothetical question.

Zarolm - if thats all it is mate, hypothetical - then I apologise.

I tend to get up on my high horse about these things, because like Lynn's post above, I have seen many similair incidents being performed that have led to tragedy.

I have lost too many really good friends to mindless, pointless "accidents" that could and should have been avoided. (problem with m/cycling sometimes)

Probably not fair to put that weight on someone elses shoulders, but I am a driving instructor as well and that also tends to influence my opinions. I have to advise peeps to drive safely and avoid problems and conflict situations.

A lot of it is as you say a youth thing - as you get older and more experienced in life, the "what if" question gets louder and louder. That makes you a better driver/rider. Just part of the reason why insurance costs drop.

I have done some bloody stupid things in my past - I still make mistakes now FFS. We all do.

What I was attempting to do, was offer some sensible advice based on the experiences I have had and the tragedies I witnessed that needn't have been so.

Ooo, I have gone all morbid now............... :roll:

Zarolm - enjoy your car mate - just don't go doing owt too daft :up:
 

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Jumping bridges

Might do some serious damage to you as well. Back when I was 18 I took a local railway bridge at a 'speed' (too much) in a friends Mini spent literally ages in the air and came down with such a smack I thought the suspension had come up through the floor, it was no where near as much fun as it looked in the Dukes of Hazzard.. another time, same car though it would be good to see how fast i could go over the local canal bridge stayed in the air for at least ten feet, probobly more and almost knocked my friend unconscious smaking her head on the roof when we landed, if it had been been whacking my head instead of the passenger I might not be here now! certainly taught me a lesson in growing up. Never did it again after that. Not intentionally anyway, smacked my head a couple of times going down roads in bad condition far far too fast, but not in the Zed
 
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