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Author Topic:   Ride Height for a '76 Nova/Leaf Spring Car
posted May 13, 2003 10:13 PM
1 inch higher in rear,

try to keep lower control arms level.

to me your front springs are way way way too stiff

i have ran leaf camaros 3400,

600-900 max fronts

200-175 rears

i ran pavement. and one dirt race used 750-800 fronts on dirt.

you only want as much front spring as it takes to keep the crossmember of the track.

i am building a nova for dirt now, and will start with 800-850 200-175 multis or 250-225 parabolics.

i will go softer on front till it doesnt work.

john sallstrom
posted May 14, 2003 07:00 PM
I know some of the guys that run up front use springs as high as 1400 in the right front. but I've found our Nova has better handling with a bit softer spring. I agree with the 1 inch higher in the back. Of note is an exoerience we had when we lowered the car too much.... Had the headers get caught on the trailer while trying to unload !! Not funny. John

redneck racing
posted May 15, 2003 03:22 PM
I ran with 7in rs and 6in ls with my 73 Nova. Thought that youd want to run at least a 1200# spring in the rf. Why would you want the rear of the car 1in higher in the back and where do you measure this from. Eddie

posted May 18, 2003 11:03 PM
It intrests me to hear you guys say you use such high rate springs on your novas. I have a camaro with 12"(with 1"spacer) 1000# rf, 12" 900#lf split and it works well, actually pushes a little if anything, and have thought about going lower. As for ride heights I have 5 1/2 lt. and 6 1/2 on rt. My leaf springs are whooped, the rear eyes are actually laying on the frame at the shackles. It works well, I cant explain it but I won the feature this week with it....

posted May 28, 2003 12:05 PM
Thanks for the info, guys.

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