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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 102
posted December 10, 2002 05:16 AM
ok you have all probaly read how I installed the 5 1/2 x 12 afco springs in front and having trouble with the left front having around 2.5 degrees of negative camber and was told by many that the springs are to high for the metrics. I pulled the spring back out and found that I made a mistake upon installing them. First of all where the little notch in the bottom control arm is the spring was not setting in it. Second and I should have really looked at this but there is a rubber spacer and its only a 1/4 inch or so thick that is on the top spring seat so i removed this, also the upper spring seats have little spikes all around the pocket and a couple were bent under where the spring would sit, so I straited them back. I know thats small stuff but it got me to positive 1.0 camber on the left front with the 12 inch springs. Now I have not remeasured ride height yet but I suspect it help a little or very little. If I could do it again I would by the 11 inch springs from day mptorsports or if I could run spacers I would get the 9 1/2 inch ones so I could adjust ride height and wedge but with the rules I could not use spacers and did not know about the 11 inch springs, so If the ride height dont kill me since it still high I might be ok, but I will keep yall posted so no one makes the same mistake as me lol

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted December 10, 2002 02:17 PM
hey man, What rates are your springs? On the LF i run 11 inch 1000 rate and on RF i run 12 inch 1200 rate and 11 inch on rear with adjustable spring buckets and you can kinda play with it and get it how you like it . You can get 11 inch fronts from and it works awsome. you might think about trying that but from my experiences it works great . think about it
Racer Dave

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 102
posted December 10, 2002 06:50 PM
i am running 1300 rf and 1100 lf

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted December 11, 2002 03:03 AM
I had to remove the little "spikes" on a '76 Cutlass I built, they wouldn't let the spring seat in the top. A racing spring of thicker wire is smaller in diameter on the inside than a stock spring and the spikes may not let it go all the way in the top of the frame. I just bent them back and forth with a pair of vice grips until the broke off. Might lower your front end. Hope this helps loojack...

Middle aged wannabe racer!

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted December 11, 2002 09:47 AM
Adjusting the camber with ride height is going about everything backwards. My preference is to set the ride height by means of a shorter spring with a solid spacer. Here is a trick you can use. Providing your tire pressure and offsets, weight and other particulars are race ready, adjust the ride height using adjustable spring spacers. The lower a-frame should be level for proper geometry. Now take out the adjustable spacers and cut the solid spacers to same length. You could scale the car to proper cross weight and then cut the spacer (preferred). The front end alignment comes last not first. On a metric chassis you should be able to get one degree positive on lf and two and one half to three on rf using this method. P.S. If you use the solid spacers you must remove the fingers in the upper spring buckets and I prefer to weld the spacers in place to prevent spring interference. My .02 worth. Good luck

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