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rnoswal53
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted January 28, 2005 07:27 AM  
I had posted a question about rear leaf spring setups and got a lot of good information.

One of the things talked about was using a floater on the right side. I got a new Southwest Speed magazine yesterday. It has a 3" axle floater, pn# 550-300. I see a grease fitting on the top. Does anyone know if this piece will do both, tighten up the bolts and it will lock down on the rear axle for tacky and loosen the bolts and it will float for slick tracks?

If it does both that that is what I will get. They also offer a universal collar 1/8 or 1/4 " thick. Widths are from 1 1/2" to 3" wide. Is there any reason to get anything other than the smallest and thinnest one just to locate the floater?

Thanks
Russ

FlyNLoIMCA17
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Total posts: 753
posted January 28, 2005 07:59 AM  
I'm not sure about the one from southwest speed, but I think the one at www.randys-racemart.com will. You might want to check it out.

Dman
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 270
posted January 28, 2005 08:27 AM  
The leaf floater from Southwest Speed is not lockable and a bit on the large side.It doesn't need to be as wide as it is.The piece from Randy's looks nice.I like the lockable aspect.The narrow lock rings are ok.
Just tack weld the inner to be safe.
Dman

rnoswal53
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Total posts: 120
posted January 28, 2005 08:34 AM  
I had looked at the one from Randy's and in order to install it, I would have to cut the brake mounts off the rearend because they don't come apart in halves like the Southwest speed floater. They also already have a 1 1/2" drop and if I added the thinnest adjustable lowering block like I am considering, that would be 3" and I don't know if I should have that large of a total block on a mono leaf when the floater is clamped tight on the rear end.

I mean I can cut the brake mount off if I need to, but since I got the car with it already welded on, I would like to see if the other floater might work first, and avoid the cutting of a piece already welded to the rear end axle tube. I am just not familiar with the type sold by Southwest speed and wasn't sure if it clamped tight. I guess I could call them....lazy me!

Thanks
Russ

rnoswal53
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Total posts: 120
posted January 28, 2005 08:54 AM  
I don't mean that I am always going to go with the southwest speed here. I just got the mag and it had some neat stuff in it, They do offer a clamp on pad, comes in halves and maybe a 1/2" perch. I think there is a grease fitting on top, but not sure. But if the floater offered in this mag will not clamp tight, then I will have to get something like the oe from Randy's and just have to do some cutting.

You mentioned just tacking the inner to be safe. Are you talking about the universal collar? And I thought I would need 2 of them duing the floating period to keep the floater centered. Sorry to sound like I don't kow anything,.................... but I don't. I raced a Toyota mini stock for 10 years and never ran into these kind of adjustments. Thanks for the advice.

Russ

tilley88
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Total posts: 879
posted January 28, 2005 03:36 PM  
The Southwest floater does not clamp tight. You'll need retaining rings along with the floater. Get the 1/4" weld-on rings. You'll have to cut 'em in half, then weld 'em on each side of the floater. Once you get the car at race height and weight you can figure out where to mount the locking tabs to the retainers and the floater. I'm using simple gussets and drilling holes in 'em. Then get a couple long Grade 8 bolts and locking nuts to lock 'er down.

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