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Author Topic:   ride height,and set up?
rickb33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted December 25, 2002 01:49 AM
i have a 82"buick regal.i have a 1000lbs spring on rf,and stock on left(currently right rear is 225/left is 200.the car has to be 3000lbs w/driver.my first question is the front sits high right now,and the rear is low.i can't use any jacking devices period.the track i run at is relatively flat with a little banking,and they show 5/16 as the size of the track.the track is always a dry slick.what would you suggest for this car?

Jimhobby02
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted December 25, 2002 05:01 PM
What is the free height of your springs? This will have a big influence on the way the car sits. Check your pms.

[This message has been edited by Jimhobby02 (edited December 25, 2002).]

DMS CEO
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 212
posted December 25, 2002 06:00 PM
Put an 800 on the left swap the rears and check your heights. If you run the bottom you need to stiffen the right front so the car will turn left easier without a push on entry. A good way to lower the car without weight jacks is to set it where you want it by cutting half coils out until you get desired ride height. Labor intensive but it works. If you get into cutting too many then get a set of drop spindles from a low rider magazine. Try to start with abaseline of inch difference left to right and inch difference front to rear. However if it is as flat as you say it is then try two inches more height on the right rear. You can buy spring spacers from Coleman if you go too low at first. Thats also how you jack wedge into the car with no jacks.

Eljojo
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted December 26, 2002 09:07 AM
Those drop spindles are available thru several catalogues. Look for drop spindles for am S-10 they're the exact same. You'll want your car an inch higher in the rear than in the front, then you'll want an inch from right to left. I make my own shims out of scrap pipe and plate. Saves a lot of $ and you can make several so that you can get the wedge and ride heights you're after.

DMS CEO
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 212
posted December 26, 2002 03:55 PM
good point about the plate and pipe...I have used that on Saturday afternoons...for a thin one cut the center out of an old cam timing gear.

go4win
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 61
posted December 27, 2002 10:02 PM
GM fan pulleys work great for spacers .
They are cupped to hold themselves in place
and come in one ,two and three groove thickness.

addictedracer
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted December 28, 2002 10:16 PM
hello,on your track you want to keep the right side or right rear pre loaded.try a 1000 on lf,1100rf 200lr,125rr sounds funny hugh but you will find it alows(125)to dig in harder (pre load)you want your car to lean to the r.r.and stay there not come back to the left.keep your r.r.planted its a small track allmost always turning left get it.

rickb33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted January 07, 2003 09:01 AM
the spring i have on the right front is a 12by5 1/2.
i took it apart,and the tangs on the upper spring cup were keeping the spring from seating properly.i also found that the spring was upside down.flat should be on top,and the bottom should fit in to the on lower arm helix.lower arm has a curl in it so the spring will seat there.i used some zip ties to keep the spring from moving during reinstallation.it sits about an inch lower,so i'm getting some where now.

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