Free Body Diagram from hell...7 years in school for engineering and this is what happens...you over analyze every little thing trying to answer the single question....WHY?!?!
It's 2am and I still can't stop thinking about it lol
I guess here is my overall question...I know the spring rates can differ and things wear differently etc...but if I am checking the bump stop gaps as the vehicle sits...after all variables and forces are already in place and accounted for and the equilibrium position has been reached, and I make adjustments to force an equal bump stop gap, why is the bump stop gap not a geometric indication of ride height...like in my picture:
Where when you increase the angle of the arms, the ride height is forced up, etc...if the arms on each side are the same shape/size/symmetrical, then the same angle on each side would yield the same lift on each side. And if a t bar wore out and one tire sagged, the angle would also change as the frame falls due to the geometry.
So I guess I'm saying...uneven spring rates or weight distributions would cause the car to sit unevenly, but wouldn't the corresponding gap also be changed accordingly?
I never noticed it before, but ever since I measured the ride height and realized that I have a lateral rake, I notice it every time I walk up to it...even while driving it! It won't let me forget about it!
Alright Rob...go to sleep!