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ARMallardSlayer
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posted July 14, 2005 01:19 PM  
My son's camaro has been hooking pretty well, but has started to loss traction...the rear springs seemed to have gone flat....could this be the reason for lost traction?

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Eljojo
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posted July 14, 2005 03:32 PM  
Go to 4m on the Mod tech archive (some old stuff that I feel sure YOU will enjoy)! It's got me thinking about trying some different rear set-ups on my Camaro.
Fastboys thread.

ARMallardSlayer
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posted July 14, 2005 03:56 PM  
Thanks, I'll check that out.....

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ARMallardSlayer
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posted July 14, 2005 06:01 PM  
I've went through about 20 pages and I haven't seen what I need......

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way2fast72
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posted July 14, 2005 06:11 PM  
To answer your question,Yes the flat springs will affect forward bite,I would replace with new and maybe install another half leaf on the front half of the left rear.

Gene
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posted July 15, 2005 02:34 AM  
You can rearch those old springs too. Not has good a fix as new but lots cheaper.

Limited Mod 57
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posted July 15, 2005 06:53 AM  
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Originally posted by Gene:
You can rearch those old springs too. Not has good a fix as new but lots cheaper.

How does one "rearch" leafs?

Could you/ do you put the leaf in a pipe bender?

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way2fast72
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posted July 15, 2005 10:30 AM  
never rearched any myself,but the way I understand it,is they are bent back in to shape?also heard they dont last long.make sure you build some stands to go between the frame and rearend to set the car on when it is sitting in the shop or when trailering,I didnt used to do it,but when I started the springs lasted a lot longer.

DangerZoneRacing
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posted July 15, 2005 11:27 AM  
I've seen guys do that with a piece of pipe that had another piece of pipe welded to the end cut length wise to fit on the rear end and notched on top for the frame. They put them in when hauling and parking during the week. They also jack the rearend up a bit to take the weight of the springs in between races.

Limited Mod 57
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posted July 15, 2005 01:39 PM  
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Originally posted by way2fast72:
make sure you build some stands to go between the frame and rearend to set the car on when it is sitting in the shop or when trailering...

Don't quite follow you. Won't putting the car on jack stands whenever possible accomplish what we're looking for (extend the arch life)?

Also, what's the best methid for re-arching?

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way2fast72
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posted July 15, 2005 02:10 PM  
yes,jack stands will work,but putting a spacer inbetween the frame and rear during trailering helps a lot also,remember,every mile you put on your traler you are also putting on the racecar.

ARMallardSlayer
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posted July 15, 2005 02:30 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by way2fast72:
yes,jack stands will work,but putting a spacer inbetween the frame and rear during trailering helps a lot also,remember,every mile you put on your traler you are also putting on the racecar.


I had never really thought about it like that....but it's true. Gonna make some pieces to put on our during trailering and add a little extra like to our new springs.

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cd2
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posted July 15, 2005 03:01 PM  
ARMallardslayer
Check & see if you have a spring service in your town,if so take the springs to them.
They will rearch them & put new clamp bands on them. If you remember how much arch you had to start with rearch the R.R.to what it was originally. On the L.R.have them to put
11/2-2" more arch& when they put the bands on the L.R. put them on the front only,leave them off the rear part.
cd2

sc1 racing
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posted July 15, 2005 07:50 PM  
heck my r/r spring is flat and left rear has good arch to it..im to happy to change anything on the car, and the springs are on there 5th season..dont throw them away give them to me...LOL

    

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