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Author Topic:   Stock rear spring rate?
Hutch5375
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 123
posted June 13, 2003 11:43 AM  
Does anyone know the stock rear sprng rate on an 82 Monte?? Are they less than TRU-COIL springs??

rico 08
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posted June 13, 2003 09:44 PM  
more the fuel tank and accessories weigh alot,stock i'd guess them to be at least 350# or more.

MEANGENE83
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Total posts: 99
posted June 15, 2003 05:23 PM  
i don't know what they rate at but the stock springs are much softer than 250#/200# 14" racing springs. I know this because I tried my race springs in my '81 monte (my daily driver) for the **** of it. They made it ride pretty rough.

o5racer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted June 15, 2003 06:00 PM  
actully the rear spring rates are around 140# and the fronts are around 300-350#.

Hutch5375
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 123
posted June 15, 2003 07:24 PM  
Is there a way of lowering the ride height in the rear end by shortening the springs? I'm afraid if I use the racing springs they'll jack the rear end up. I already slammed the front end to the ground (Ride height of 2.5" inches).

MEANGENE83
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 99
posted June 15, 2003 10:00 PM  
You can cut the stock springs but it will increase their rate, which might not be a bad thing actually. The right way to do it would be to buy some short racing springs, 10 1/2" racing springs should drop it pretty far from where the stock 14" springs ride.

Elmo
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Total posts: 79
posted June 17, 2003 10:47 PM  
I don't recommend a 10 inch spring in the rear of a metric car. We have had problems with cars loosing tires with such a short spring.

Eljojo
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posted June 18, 2003 07:31 PM  
Hutch, you will never get the car to work that low.If you don't believe me, just set your toe and then remove the right front spring. Jack up the left side three inches and (since there isn't a spring in there) raise the right front tire four inches. You have now simulated a chassis in the corner. Check your toe now...LOL
Metric cars just don't have the front geometry to run low. Get it at least 6 inches off the ground.
Good luck!

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