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Author Topic:   leaf versus coil
Flatlander
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted February 22, 2000 09:37 PM
All I've ever ran are metric cars I am thinking about a leaf car with a much shorter wheelbase what do ya'll think the advantages are leaf versus coil and do you tink the shorter wheelbase (4 in.) will be that big of an advantage?

owracer
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted February 23, 2000 09:30 PM
Each one has advantages /disadvantages.The leafs tend to automatically promote forward bite and with stock mounting offer a lower rear roll center height.The disadvantage of leafs is that they are harder to make at track changes,higher cost,and heavier to handle.Coils offer more adjustability,easier to change at the track,lower cost,and are lighter and easier to handle.
The disadvantages are they have a higher rear roll center if used with just the stock rear suspension set up and don't promote forward bite as well.

hawk@TL
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted February 29, 2000 09:48 PM
I ran a 76 nova for 2 years and loved the leafs, the harder you drove it the better it seemed to bite, but just didn't like the uni-body, so we are switching back to a full frame car.

stockcar92
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted March 07, 2000 06:21 PM
there are many good aruments regarding leaf versus coil. leaf is far more easier to set up than the rear coil and is far more forgiving. however coils do offer a lot more ease of at track adjustability. I guess the best thing to do is to look at your track rules. with a 4-link do they allow the use of a pan hard bar. if not then you cannot adjust the rear roll center.
do they allow cross wieght devices? if not as much as I hate to say it you can ad cross wieght with coil springs that will be undetectable. I hate to admit to cheating or tell someone else to do it but it has been my experince that if you do not you will be the only person running a legal car. Well hope i havent rambled to long hope I helped some, like I say there are arguments both ways you just have to decide what is best for you.

shakin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 169
posted March 13, 2000 12:57 PM
I think what makes leafs easier in this class is the stock location. The coil cars will run, but alot has to be manipulated for them to run correctly.

Flatlander
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted March 13, 2000 10:06 PM
well stay tuned cause I got a leaf car in the shop I'll probably have a time to start with but heere goes

shakin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 169
posted March 16, 2000 11:28 AM
Make sure you let us know how its doing and if you are having any problems, maybe some of us can help if you need it.

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