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The Stag Timeline

The Stag Timeline

The Triumph Stag was launched in 1970. This article attempts to provide a balanced description of the car, for those new to the concept.  Development of the Triumph Stag started in 1966, with the intention to launch the new model in 1968. It was a short gestation period, even by today's standards. The initial 2-year target was ambitious, and after being hindered by financial constraints it was finally released in 1970. It was very well received by the motoring press of the day. Technically, the car was very advanced at launch in 1970, including independent suspension all round, servo-assisted disc/drum brakes and power...

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Linear vs Progressive Rate Suspension Springs

A brief look at the 'pros' and 'cons' of fitting progressive rate springs.

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Don't Be Vague - Take Control

Don't Be Vague - Take Control

In answer to the questions raised in recent issues of the Stag magazine concerning the Stag steering and handling problems, I can advise you as follows: There is nothing basically wrong with the power steering system even though there is a bit of a dead band in the straight ahead position. It was typically light and unprogressive as was the fashion in luxury cars of the 1960/70 era, equipped with solid rear axle assemblies, which gave good track alignment at the expense of poor traction on anything but the best of roads. The problem lies in the uncontrolled and contradictory...

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Modified Stags - Jonathan Finnis Point of View

Modified Stags - Jonathan Finnis Point of View

I read the article, "The Founder Member's Point Of View" with great interest. Before you read my response, you may like to read it again. Whilst most of the article makes a lot of sense, naturally I do not concur with everything he writes. BRAKES The Stag's brakes may have been adequate for the 70's, but on today's roads more powerful brakes with no fade and less pedal pressure must be desirable and even essential for those of you with enhanced performance. The article says that "when they design any car a great deal of R&D goes into providing systems that are...

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Bespoke Handling

Bespoke Handling

Suspension can be tuned for ultimate performance or ultimate comfort. Somewhere between those two extremes lies a compromise that can tailor the car's handling so that it fits your style like a made-to-measure suit. As Eddie Evans explains, the key is in knowing where to modify and to what extent. Essentially, handling improvements are about cornering ability and straight-line stability and these characteristics show themselves through the steering. We also steer partly with the accelerator - putting power down to nose the car into bends - so it follows that the engine's state of tune and responsiveness will also have an...

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