Visit The Dirt Forum for More Information

Author Topic:   Metric ride heights
34Racing
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted August 18, 2002 02:06 PM
I have a 79 Buick Regal with aftermarket springs and spring adjusters in the front. My car seems to sit higher than anyone elses car. What can I do about this problem? My spring adjusters are almost bottomed out. Thanks In Advance!

Jimhobby02
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted August 18, 2002 10:27 PM
Maybe you need shorter springs.

ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted August 19, 2002 04:31 PM
Just because there cars are lower it doesn't always mean that its better.

BK19
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 285
posted August 19, 2002 04:38 PM UIN: 40696038
look at the front of your car at the suspension the tie rods should be close to being level with the lower control arms

sweetsoul99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted August 19, 2002 10:34 PM
i run a metric chassis with alot of success.i run a 5" x 9 1/2" spings on front. run just the spring on lf.and on rf run a 1 1/2" spacer on top of the spring.you should have a ride height of7 1/4 on lf behind wheel at rocker panel.this height levels out your tie rods with control arms , to get bump steer close.hope this made since to you. and helps.try a 1200 rf , and 900 lf

Dunbar
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted August 20, 2002 01:06 AM
The car I just sold was a 2 door 77 buick century. The spings in it are 5 1/2 x 12 in the front and the back are 5 x 15. 1 of the guys I raced with started building a 84 monte carlo and ordered same size springs out of his old car and the springs where too big so I'd say get shorter springs. Down here in Kentucky we like our front ends alil higher than our *** . But hight really dont matter just aslong as it aint too high....

34Racing
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted August 20, 2002 08:11 PM
Hey guys thanks for the help. I am running the 9 1/2 x 5 inch springs in the front with spring adjusters in both sides. I know in the Steve Smith book he says to get the right front lower ball joint 1/2 to 1 inch above the inside pivot point. That is the way I adjusted my spring height to. Car still seems to be alot higher than other metric cars around. Thanks again.

sweetsoul99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted August 20, 2002 09:31 PM
maybe they shortend the wheel base on an old chevelle chassis , and put it under there.lots of guys around here do it.but i still think the metric is better once you get it right.

champ
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted August 21, 2002 09:09 AM
Just curious...Where did you get your car? Did you build it or buy it built or a little bit of both?

sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted August 21, 2002 10:02 PM
Are you sure it has 5"springs?Cause(and correct me if I am wrong)I think metrics of that year had 5 1/2"springs.Which will cause them to sit on the spring "seat"instead of down in it in the lower A arm.When I got my car it had 5" in it and they dint sit all the way down.Just a thought.

sweetsoul99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted August 23, 2002 09:27 PM
I build my own cars , always have.you can use the 5" springs , its all i've ever used.make sure to align the end coil right. i also use a chain , to keep the suspension from dropping down so far that the spring moves.

------------------

34Racing
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted August 24, 2002 06:07 PM
Sideways,
You are right it is a 5 1/2 by 9 1/2 inch spring that I am using. A friend of mine at the race track told me that the Left front should be the lowest then the LR, RF, and then the RR would be the highest of all your chassis heights. Does that sound right to you guys?

sweetsoul99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted August 25, 2002 12:33 AM
YES, TRY 3/4 " FROM FRONT TO REAR , AND 3/4 " FROM LEFT TO RIGHT WITH THE RR THE HIGHEST.

34Racing
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted August 27, 2002 07:53 PM
Thanks for the info #99 I'm going to readjust my ride heights and I'm also installing some new ball joints and bushings in the front of the car.

Back to the Archives