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Author Topic:   Leaf Spring Car?????????
robskins
Member
posted September 18, 2002 08:34 AM
Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of a leaf spring setup on a modified? Getting started some people say this is a good setup to learn with.Just would like to get some opinions form you all that have been doing this for a while.Looking at a mod with leafs at a great price but dont want to buy a headache. Thanks in advance


x13jc
Member
posted September 18, 2002 02:50 PM
leaf springs are consistant week in and week out. but you replace them (mono) often. good learninng.

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Greggie
Member
posted September 19, 2002 07:25 AM
My car this year was a leaf/mono-leaf and I didn't change leafs all year. I was running at least twice a week and as any of the guys that I was racing with would tell you, I kept getting better as the season went on and I figured out what to do with the set-up. You need to keep the weight off the springs when you aren't on the track, but how many of us don't change at least one rear tire between heats and features? Leafs are a good consistent set-up that you really have to ***** things up bad to tune yourself out of once you get close. I can't say yet what I'm doing for next year because my sponsorship deal is not closed, but if I have to pay the full price, I will be in a Racemart FR-1 leaf car for '03. Or maybe I might be able to get Randy to do something of a little deal for me.... What do you say Randy? Should we talk?

Greggie

SLEEPY GOMEZ
Member
posted September 19, 2002 09:14 PM
Your need to replace a leaf spring so often is because it loses its arch not its spring rate. Know what the spring arch was when new. Trace around it on a big piece of cardboard. When necessary, re-arch the spring. Do it your self with a hammer and an anvil or take it to a spring shop. They do it in a press in about 3 minutes. Match the re-arch to the original. These springs actually can last for years. SLEEPY


ford5
Member
posted September 19, 2002 09:33 PM
yup, sleepy's right on .....we used to do that all the time , we had a railroad track out behind our shop would go over there , lay the spring on the trak and beat it with 2lb hammer until arch was good as new! lol those were the days! hhmmm i think i still hear ringing in my ears!


SLEEPY GOMEZ
Member
posted September 20, 2002 12:15 PM
You guys still did it the hard way. Wait for a train. Move the spring back an forth under the wheels to get an even arch. Racers are brave, right? SLEEPY


mod27
Member
posted September 20, 2002 05:51 PM
Robskins, If you are still looking for a good leaf spring car, i have one for sale. Its a 2000 FR-1 Racemart leaf spring chassis, complete roller minus motor tranny and 3rd member $4500.00
These Racemart FR-1 cars work great. Selling this one only to replace with new FR-1.

Greggie, Randy has a couple of used cars on his web site, one being this one.

Greggie
Member
posted September 22, 2002 12:22 AM
Thanks, Danny... As I recall, your car this year was pretty sharp going by internet pics I saw somewhere.

Greg