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posted November 04, 2003 11:57 PM
Was wondering if I could get some input on using Spring Sliders on my 3 link. Springs are on top on both sides now. Would it be worth the effort??

posted November 05, 2003 08:18 AM
I second the opinion on the roller bearing sliders. I too got mine from DirtWorks, but I thing they're manufactured by Gaerte. Track Products makes another good roller bearing slider.

As to your question about relocating the springs, I wouldn't relocate the RR from the top of the housing, however, moving the LR in front of the housing will help tighten the car on the throttle by adding wedge (bite) as the car accelerates and the pinion rotates upward. If you need help with traction and bite, I'd move the LR.

motorsport 18
posted November 05, 2003 05:55 PM
stay away from the older afco bearing sliders they eat bearings i got a pair and they are not bad other than that


posted November 05, 2003 07:04 PM
I've run the Gaerte rollers and the Vipers (Non-roller) and with the maintenance program that I used for the Vipers, I had no problems or any noticed performance gain with the rollers.

As far as set-up to the car... You will have to tune to your liking. Seems like a lot of guys like to put the RR spring on top of the housing. I see a lot of cars with the RR on a slider behind, which is what I run. That set-up make the dynamic cross-weight addition even more when you are on the throttle. It basically allows you to have less LR static weight so you can have more RR when you are off the gas (That gives you more side bite going into the corner).


PS--- I forgot to actually answer your question.... In my opinion, it is well worth your effort to, at the very least, change your LR over. While you are at it, go ahead and make the provision to change your RR, to the rear like I explained above. You would be able to try it, at least.

[This message has been edited by Greggie (edited November 08, 2003).]

posted November 09, 2003 10:36 PM
Thanks for all the input guys, I'm definately going with the sliders. Was going to get a new chassis already set up for this stuff, but I'm afraid I might not have all the "rookie" out of me after only one season as a driver. Next question is where do I get a mount for my housing to put the slider on top? I see some in my catalogs for in front or behind, but not really sure where to look for one that would put it on top. And if anyone could send a picture I would be very grateful. Also, should they be angled (from side to side) or straight up and down like they are now?? Thnks!!

posted November 10, 2003 04:32 PM
Smileys sells a clamp on bracket to mount the spring in front on the LR. All you will need is a weight jack for the spring, this will eliminate the need for an expensive slider. We tried this on our car and the outcome was great.

posted November 10, 2003 07:27 PM
I was typing in my head before I even got to the end of this post...then I saw 24mod's post.

The best slider on the market...hands no slider. This year I am going back to a bucket on the clamp and a screw jack on top! Cheaper and no bind. the only down side is that you can spit out springs with Z-links and 4 bars. Just put a strap or chain inside the spring and call it good!

posted November 10, 2003 07:30 PM
on a four bar with the spring clamped up i would put it on a spring cup, and same with a swing arm. most anything else if there might bt a problem of spiting out springs i would look at and check out there sliders the outlaw slider. they look great i am going to get me some of them.

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