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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted May 14, 2001 10:54 PM UIN: 67129301
I'm in the process of building a street stock and put new springs in the rear.I'm running a 85 Monte. I bought new 11" springs for the rear and it seems like they aren't tall enough. I'm new to building cars and don't know much about the suspension. I bought these at the race shop and they told me it would lower the car. Well when I installed them I had to let the jack almsot all the way down before they seated in, and when I jack the car up they come off their seat. Was wondering if that was ok or do I need to get some kind of spacer for them? Any help would be great. Like I said I'm new so please help. THANKS!!!!!

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted May 15, 2001 02:37 PM
I don't know much about the spring coming out of it's seat, but something ain't right with that. As far as the spacer goes, you want your ride heights (from the bottom of the frame to the ground) to be around 4.5"LF 5"RF 5"LR and 5.5"RR. It's sorta like a table that wobbles. The long leg holds more weight. Steve Smith has the best books around for setting up race cars. Its well worth the money.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted May 16, 2001 09:07 AM
I am just wondering how everyone is getting there ride hieght down to 5"? Mine are closer to 8" if I go any lower than that the rear ent bottoms out on the frame. The only way I see possible to get the frame that low is to run a much smaller tire. So I guess the question is what size tire are you running. mine are 88-90 right side and 86-88 left side.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted May 20, 2001 10:45 AM
I set the ride heights on my cars by measuring the distance between the bottom of the frame rail and the top of the control arm on the front, and from the bottom of the frame to the top of the axle tube in the rear. Different tire sizes have no effect on these distances.
For your car I suggest these settings-2 3/4" RF, 2 1/2" LF, 4" RR. I don't worry about the LR because we use this corner to change our cross and LR bite to what we want.

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