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Author Topic:   swapping front springs
posted June 19, 2003 08:38 AM
We have a dw8 2 link and have been thinking about swapping front springs and putting the stiffer one on the lf. Has anyone tried this with a 2 link and if so how did it work and did you have to change anything else.. like LR bite, or any spring rates etc... Currently running LF650 RF750 LR200 RR175. and 20# bite

posted June 19, 2003 10:54 AM
I tried that with those exact rates and the car was good on a smooth track but if it was a little rough ,It would would run out of travel and bind the Right Front on the frame making the car very "interesting" to drive.

posted June 19, 2003 10:57 AM
Its easy to do, try it and let us know what it produces.

posted June 19, 2003 12:07 PM
The only time it worked for me on a 3-link was on a high bank track (18*+). Now if it was a lr behind 4-link then thats a whole different story.....

posted June 21, 2003 08:00 AM
we've always ran soft on the left front,2-link swing arm z-ink,with springs on the arms,unequal length z-link with coil overs,front and rear of axle,now going to 4-z conversion and just now putting the stiffer on the r-f.just remember toset the cross a little higher.and pay close attention to your shock travel!

posted June 21, 2003 11:44 AM
I swapped front springs (same rates) like your saying for my last race last year in my DirtWorks car. (Except the rear was a little softer 175 LR and 150 RR)
I loved it! I like a car freed up anyway, and that was the trick. I guess it all depends on the track, and what a driver wants or likes. I wish I had done it sooner.

posted June 21, 2003 01:27 PM
if you like to drive the car into the corner hard then swap your front springs and dont be afraid to go up even more on the lf in spring ratea nd down on the rf, it makes the car drive into the corner harder... it is all driver pref

posted June 23, 2003 11:12 AM
Well we tried it. Driver says it felt freeer, like it wanted to turn better. But for heat race was tight in the middle. We made the wrong changes for feature time and lost all kinds of sidebite so dont really know how it would have worked. May leave front springs and try to get more sidebite in the car and see what happens.

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