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Author Topic:   floating leafsprings
thebomb
Member
posted December 31, 2003 01:54 PM
anyone ever floated the right rear, and left the left rear tied into the leafspring on a camaro? just wondering how it would work


Eljojo
Member
posted December 31, 2003 07:27 PM
Ask the guy who won the SSWC two years back. He seemed to like that set up.


modracer09
Member
posted January 01, 2004 05:05 PM
hello i keep hearing about flotting rear ends with leaf springs how is this done


bryanb30
Member
posted January 01, 2004 06:11 PM
I agree with dirtrace. Seems like a lot of work for one spring..


Owner 99
Member
posted January 02, 2004 09:23 AM
A lot of the mods run this set up. You are right it makes the lr spring do all the work on acceloration and braking, that is the point. The rr spring just holds up the car and provides side bite. The lr spring act like a traction bar and promotes a ton of lr bite and side bite. Sometimes hard to drive on a tacky track, but very fast on slick. You float the rr spring with a birdcage with the u-bolts around the birdcage.


superdave
Member
posted January 02, 2004 06:38 PM
You can get a similar but less agressive setup by using different wedge shims under each side. The shims (used to set pinion angle) go between the leaf and the housing. Put a higher angle shim on the left side and it will load the spring sooner and more than the right. Easy to change and no bird cage to mess with. Why give up all your right side forward bite?

Good luck,
Superdave


Eljojo
Member
posted January 02, 2004 06:42 PM
good idea superdave-I love this place!


dirtrace
unregistered
posted January 02, 2004 07:04 PM           
doing the shim thing as described will only put a bind in the rear leafs before you even move, which is never good.



RACR 73s
Member
posted January 12, 2004 05:51 PM
I thought about trying a Camaro spring on the right side and a Chrysler on the left. Making sure my wheel base is the same on both sides and just letting the springs be offset. Anyone ever try anything like that?


zeroracing
Member
posted January 12, 2004 06:32 PM
hey thanx guys for all the info on this, keep your opinions coming, thanx RACR 73s for the e-mail very informative


jonniet
Member
posted January 17, 2004 01:21 PM
I have also asked the same question about the camaro chrysler combo....I think it would promote a little more rear steer from the left spring .......the mod guys on 4m.net have lots of discussion on this floated right rear toppic....look for guys discussing "Buzzard" chassis.....by the way if you want the best of both worlds put a pin in the right rear floater to lock it durring tacky track conditions and when the track goes dry pull the pin out to float the right rear and promote lots of bite on the left rear .....its like moving a pull bar from right to left to give more left rear bite........from what I understand this set up needs lots of static right rear weight because so much left rear is induced durring chassis roll......TRY IT I THINK IT COULD BE A BIG ADVANTAGE IF NO ONE ELSE KNOWS ABOUT IT !


thebomb
Member
posted January 18, 2004 11:58 AM
yeah good idea on the pin, i had allready ponderd the pin idea, the guys who run multi links on their mods use that approach when running like a 3 link, im just curious how hard this will be on the left spring, should i spend the money and buy the good landrum, or just run the stock leaf on the left side cause i can get the stock leafs for free. and the landrum on the right side? i imagine this takes its tole on the left leaf.


jonniet
Member
posted January 18, 2004 05:00 PM
I read someones post on this set up and he said to take the leafs apart and rearch each leaf by putting them in a press or hydrolic pipe bender and try to get about an 8 inch free arch in the main leaf and just fallow the contour with the other 3 or four segments....then on the left side he said to take the leaf thats next to the main leaf and put the back 180 degrees around so it is now facing forward then driil a new center hole in that leaf 3 1nches to the rear so the leaf slides forward to wards the front spring eye......reasemble the spring with center bolt going through new hole and throw away the smallest segment ......also clamp all front segments back together and leave clamp off the back part of spring.....this allows the left spring to drop and arch abunch durring body roll.....got to go ..hope this helps!