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gould
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posted July 24, 2005 08:34 PM  

 
my rf shock is bottoming out, what should I do? Stiffen the spring, smaller body shock. If I stiffen both front springs to 700lf and 800 rf what will that do to my car as far as handeling. I have 600lf and 700rf now. this is on a harris 2 link. look at the picture and tell me what you think. the car is handeling awesome right now but i don't think the rf shock should be bottoming out.

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Camaro_Dude_1991
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posted July 24, 2005 08:42 PM  
How much travel does it have? Maybe you could move the mount and lengthen the shock?

Race169
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posted July 24, 2005 10:04 PM  
On the newer Harris cars they are cutting the front sping buckets and on the right side they are moving the upper shock mount to the bottom and behind the existing upper mount on a conventional shock mount

gould
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posted July 25, 2005 04:29 AM  
Race169...do you have a picture of what your talking about?

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dirtracr
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posted July 25, 2005 07:43 AM  
raise the ride height, stiffen the spring....i wouldn't think a stiffer shock would work as it will still transfer the same amount of weight to that corner, only slower with a stiffer shock

doghouse racing4
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posted July 25, 2005 11:57 AM  
I had same problem on my Harris. What I found out was my ride hts were wrong. The measurement was correct from the mark on the frame to the lower a-arm but the angles of the upper a-arms were not. I think the front frame horns are tweeked just a little which throws off my measurements. I now adjust ride hts by angle of upper a-arms. driver side upper is at 15 to 15 1/2* and passenger side is 16 to 16 1/2*. This solved my problem.

sdracer12
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posted July 25, 2005 11:09 PM  
If the car is handling good, don't make a spring change and upset the feel of the car now! lol.

Move the upper mount up, or the lower mount down, or use a shorter bodied shock.

I have the same problem on my car, it keeps bottoming the RF shock, but the car still works good. I tried a softer shock with a stiffer spring and the handlng started to go away. So, I went back to bottoming my small body Bilsteins until I can change my mounts.



gould
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posted July 26, 2005 04:30 AM  
Good friend of mine that races USMTS says the spring change will get the car better. It's worth a try, my fronts are a little light. I did ask him about moving the shock but he says try the spring change.

dirtywrench13
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posted July 26, 2005 03:39 PM  
TRY RAISING YOUR RIDE HEIGHTS IF YOU DONT WANT TO CHANGE THINGS TOO DRASTICLY. OTHERWISE I'D GO UP 50 LBS IN SPRING RATE ON BOTH SIDES,AND LEAVE ALL ELSE ALONE.

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