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robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted October 19, 2003 10:52 AM  
i was looking for ideas on which a arms upper and lower to use on my regal. we can use any production piece and i was wondering if anything else works better than the stock ones. i colud probably get away with tubular uppers but the lowers have to atleast look stock.i don't feel it in the car and the car handles good but people have told me that the right front is rolling right over in the corners my springs ar rf 900 lf 1200 rr and lr are cargo coils i can't put any more rf camber in it or the a arm will hit the exhaust. my set ups are almost identical to what other guys are using here i'm just wondering if they are doing something with spindles and a-arms that i don't know about. i have seen the car on tape and it does not dive in it does not push it just seems to fold over the rf it sticks but it folds over. any ideas?

tilley88
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 879
posted October 19, 2003 12:19 PM  
Have the rate checked on that RF spring, check the RF shock for collapse, check the LR shock, check the RF upper a-arm bushings for excessive slop. I can't think of anything that will interchange with small metrics and still keep wheelbase the same. What headers are you using? How much camber do you have in that RF?

Winland Racing
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted October 20, 2003 01:03 PM  
79 malibu
I had to relocate my upper ball joint on the r/s and I had to grind on the manifold to get a little clearance. Was able to get 3 degrees negative and that is with taller spindles from a 75 malibu.
WR #66

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted October 20, 2003 04:39 PM  
all four shocks and rf spring were changed in aug after a rollover. all front end bushings were replaced at the same time. we are limited to stock type manifolds. i also run a hotchkis 1 and 1/4 inch front sway bar.ther is no rule about changing wheel base or track width anything goes on that as long as you use stock mounting points

RACER19S
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 27
posted October 20, 2003 04:46 PM  
Why would you have a heavy LF spring and a soft RF spring? Are you turning right? Try evening up the fronts and Go to a parts store and buy offset upper contol arm bushings(if your rules allow them)that should give you the camber you need.
Nick19

dan ferry
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 183
posted October 20, 2003 08:47 PM  
how much caster is in rf that will limit how much u can shim rear bolt im gonna guess u have alot of positive caster in rf which is ok but u may want to shim front in a little more. i run three deg in my g body with room to move. also what air psi. in rf?

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robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted October 21, 2003 04:54 PM  
i screwed up it should have been rf1200 and lf 900. i run 18psi rf with a 9inch wide american racer soft. your right about the caster i'll try that. i was looking at using those bushings we can use them. i was also thinking about switching to capitol motorsports tubular upper control arms they look like they'll give me some extra room they're fairly cheap at 36 bucks they claim they're the same size as stock and i think they're in the gray area of the rules. has anybody else tryed these?

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted October 21, 2003 04:59 PM  
i also use pro ss racing shocks on all 4 corners front has to be stock monut any shock rear can be re mounted any shock no coilovers

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