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Has anyone experienced running without the rear compensator, I know someone has or is but don't remember who?. My car sits very low so the compensator is useless as the connecting rod/spring from the axle is permanently pushing in the compensator pin. Anyway I'm going to make up 2 new brake lines going straight to the calipers and see how it goes.
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I had a seized compensator on my sud sprint. Because of the way the sud compensator works this effectively meant I had no brake compensator fitted. It was hopeless in the wet at speed - you basically can't use the brakes hard as the rears will lock up and car will just spin. It was terrifying.

If your car is lowered you will be getting more rear brake than at std height. Removing it entirely will make that worse. It's a shame there isn't a way to set it like on a 164, where you can adjust it to correct for a change in ride height. I'm not sure you could bend the pig tail spring to account for the lowering?
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My sud came with no rear compensator with rear discs, It was fine as the rear brakes were old and seized, rebuilt rear brakes and hey presto, rear lock up everytime I put my foot on the brake, most worrying thing I find is how good the rear brakes are and how bad the inboard brakes are. might swap them round,,,

I bought a rear adjustable racing compensator, wound it to max, now my rear brakes are as bad as my front again.. excellent

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The pretension on the rear brake compensator spring IS adjustable. There is some kind of hook there, you will see it when under the car. Just loosen a nut and bolt and adjust it. Common practice at the dealer in the day was to hang a bucket of water (10 kg) on the hook then tension the bolt, but on a lowered car some more pressure may go to the rear, trial and error. A well adjusted rear compensator can make the Sud brakes excellent, a bit more rear bias makes it fun entering corners too, for the knowledgeable driver...

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Interesting Bert, I wondered about the hook but when I replaced the compensator on my sud I couldn't find any info, indeed Haynes says just bolt the new one in and go. I'll have to have another look.
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Bert is right , again. When i did my conversion to rear disks , we also reconfigured it by hanging 2 4 ltr oil bottles in a bag and it works like a charm.
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