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rfb320
Member
posted June 10, 2003 12:01 PM
I was looking for a way to keep my springs from falling out of the rear end and it seems that alot of people run a chain welded to the rear and then up to the spring tower. Is this a good way to do this? any pros or cons?
THANKS


jay116
Member
posted June 10, 2003 12:05 PM
Do you mean they fall out when you jack the car up by the frame?
What we did was weld a piece of pipe to the spring pad on the axle that fits up into the spring. I saw in the speedway catalog the spring pads in there come with the ring already installed. Look at a catalog for spring pads and you will see what I mean.

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rico 08
Member
posted June 10, 2003 12:56 PM
If the chain is too short you'll have problems,i'd try the factory type retainers or you can make them .


jackblack59
Member
posted June 10, 2003 01:08 PM
zip ties work for us


rfb320
Member
posted June 10, 2003 01:49 PM
yes jay116 thats what iam worried would happen when the car was jacked up or if someone got under me they could fall out. I have done what you did but i still think they could tip out. if i put a taller pipe in the spring i dont think i could get the springs out without dropping the rear arms. i was just thinking about ease of changing them.


racer17j
Member
posted June 10, 2003 06:42 PM
i have done bolth jay and jacks suggestions use a scrap piece of tubing on the bottom and have a loose zip tie on the top


stevewm
Member
posted June 10, 2003 07:15 PM
I was looking for a way to keep my springs from falling out of the rear end and it seems that alot of people run a chain welded to the rear and then up to the spring tower. Is this a good way to do this? any pros or cons?
THANKS

Steve Comments:
RFB320 You can make you a spring bucket for each side of the upper spring pads to accept 5" or 5 1/2" springs or if you can afford to buy them already made from day motor sports.

My suggestion would buy two spring buckets part # sb-169 $26.95 each and also buy the lower after market spring seats $10.95 each part # ss-Lsp-1 www.daymotorsports.com

The spring buckets come with a threaded collar for wedge bolts but if you cant run them you can still use the spring buckets and they are easier to buy than to build.

Just a thought.
Steve.

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WesternAuto17
Member
posted June 10, 2003 09:35 PM
The chains are good enough for Winston Cup cars


rfb320
Member
posted June 10, 2003 10:19 PM
westernauto17 you make a good point. if i made the chain adjustable could i use that to keep the frame from rolling over to much? just an idea. Thanks again for all the input.


jhon hollomon
Member
posted June 10, 2003 10:33 PM
You wouldn't want to make it to tight to try to stop body roll or your left rear tire will come off the ground.


dtd_93
Member
posted June 10, 2003 10:51 PM
I use hose clamps on the diff and have a bolt with a pice of steel that catches the top of the spring and well holds the top in place


racer17j
Member
posted June 10, 2003 11:52 PM
320 yes you could do that that's why most places won't let you run any type of chain on the rear end it acts kinda like a panard bar


rfb320
Member
posted June 11, 2003 07:43 AM
well my rule book says nothing about chaining the rear so maybe i should take advantage of that.


o5racer
Member
posted June 11, 2003 11:25 PM
Go with the chain. the best way is to weld a 3/8 bolt to the lower trailing arm mount and find a chain that the bolt just fits through. mount the top of the chain somehwere above the rearend. you want it set so that when the axle is hanging tight on the frame the spring has about 1/4 -1/2 inch of free play. that way you know that you are not limiting down travel.


Racer8c
Member
posted June 12, 2003 03:56 PM
I use chains on mine. I jacked the car up by the frame and just when the spring starts to get a little play in it, I welded a chain to the axle tube and bolted it into the tower, it won't go any further. Worked so far, haven't lost any springs.


gould
Member
posted June 12, 2003 08:10 PM
i put a short pipe on the rearend, and made a sleeve for the inside of the spring and welded in up top. i can still change my springs quickly. i can make you a set if you like. gould.


rfb320
Member
posted June 12, 2003 08:25 PM
gould,thanks for the offer i appreciate that but i alredy put the chain on. i happened to do it just as racer8c did. well i will find out how it works tomorrow night. it is my first race and i dont think i will sleep all night. well anyway thanks for all the good advice guys.


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