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hobby39
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted May 07, 2002 10:00 PM
I'm in the process of building a 78 monte carlo to race as a hobby stock. my rules state that both front and rear springs have to be a matched oem pair. In the past they basically just looked to make sure they looked stock. however this year they started making sure the diamiater is the same and that they haven't been heated. my question is should i leave the stock springs in or is their a set from another vehicle that would work better.

#23
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted May 07, 2002 11:33 PM
If this the first season in this car I would say leave the springs that are in the car there and use that as your base line in setting up the car. You have to get an idea if the needs lighter or heavier springs.

WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted May 08, 2002 08:45 AM
I am not advocating cheating, but that's a ridiculous rule.

Speedway Motors makes very stock appearing springs for the front and rear.

Also, your rears will probably be way too light. Station wagon springs are usually heavier. I believe Impala springs would work on the rear, but Malibu's definetly would.

Try putting a post in the "Bomber" forum. Those guys should know more about stock springs.

[This message has been edited by WesternAuto17 (edited May 08, 2002).]

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted May 08, 2002 12:36 PM UIN: 54865418
we run the same type of rules most of us just buy the stock springs like western talked about but if you want to go completely stock get a metric desiel spring for the right front a stock metric v8 spring on the left and chevy citation springs for the rear

sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted May 08, 2002 09:49 PM
Go to Napa ask to look at the coil spring book.It gives sizes and measurements.I think an 83 olds cutlass with a 307 olds engine has some pretty stiff springs for stock.

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