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scuttle shake.

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by justandcal, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. justandcal

    justandcal Copenworld Newbie

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    As already mentioned, I'm new to the car and trying to find out its foibles/character!, Is it normal for the car to have a fair degree of scuttle shake with the roof down? I know this afflicts many convertibles but just checking the car is ok.
     
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  2. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Yep, the Copen does suffer from scuttle shake with the roof down. One of the few negative points. However there is a lot of choice in chassis strengthening frames you can buy from Japan. If your loaded!
     
  3. justandcal

    justandcal Copenworld Newbie

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    Thanks for the info, not concerned about it, part of the character of the car, just checking it was normal. Regards.
     
  4. trustafox

    trustafox Copenworld Guru

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    and Adam is!
     
  5. Klausanta

    Klausanta Copenworld Member

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    Wow

    Scuttle shake (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Scuttle shake (sometimes called cowl shake in the US) is the term used for the phenomenon experienced in many convertible or open top automobiles where, due to lower structural rigidity caused by the lack of a roof, the middle section of the chassis flexes, causing the bulkhead in front of the passenger compartment to move and vibrate when the vehicle is subject to uneven road surfaces.

    Passengers feel it as a noticeable vibration and shudder.


    Must be one of the first faults/problems that I haven't had.

    Out tonight to see if I can 'Scuttle Shake' with the rest of you!

    KS
     
  6. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    It depends how good the road is.
    You want a nice undulated B road & be motoring on at the speed limit.
     
  7. DaG

    DaG Copenworld Guru

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    And a bit of sunshine to get the roof down, always a problem in the good old UK.:)
     
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