posted March 18, 2002 09:47 PM
Originally posted by redneck racing:
Im putting a camaro front clip under my 73 nova would it be advantageous to use the grasshopper leg mount like you stated in SCR 12/2000 and mount it to the upper a-frame oor just stick to the tubular uppers and put the shock mount on the lower a-frame? How tall does the grasshopper leg need to be from the upper a-fame? From looking at the picture it seems you cut the top of the ball joint off to mount the lower shock mount. How do you grease the ball joint?
Eddie, I mounted the grasshopper leg to the frame because I was using a downtube from the cage. It also attached to the downtube. In reference to mounting the shock that can be done with more conventional front bars. The reason for mounting the shocks on top of the ball joint is to use a lighter valve shock which will be more responsive. Also it will hopefully suffer less damage mounted high.
First i greased the ball joint before I installed it. The grease fitting is then removed. The shock mount is welded to an upper half of a scrap ball joint. This is then bolted in with the bolts going through the mount, the ball joint and the A- frame.
Wayne larson Racing in Ames Ia, makes a similar mount, I can't remember the price.
When mounting the top shock bracket, do the following: Remove the spring, jack up under the lower A-frame until it contacts the frame, Attach the lower mount, collapse the shock all but a 1/4". That is where the top mount should be.
Hope this helps, thanks for the question, SLEEPY