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Old 01-18-2011, 03:06 PM
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If those 160's are the same size, you might consider swapping them to the rear. That rate would be about right for your car...

Russ

I was going to say the same thing, glad to see you are setting them aside just for that reason.

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Got my new AFCO's and installed them on the shocks. I do have to admit they are pretty vs the TCI black - I just am not overjoyed where they were made:





I don't have them on the car and ride height/camber reset yet - time to do a cleanup after last summer and as long as this assembly is off, it's much easier to do and save some skin on a few knuckles . I'll do a follow up photo after installation

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I got the front end together today and I do have to admit that the new springs do make the front suspension look much better. Now, if I have the right springs, they should make a big difference in the way the car handles. Their effective rate is 300 pounds with the 13* installation, which is 2X what the others were, but the adjusters were wound up so tight I possibly had bind or close to it. I haven't put the tires back on yet as there are a few more things I need to do - cleaning, new brake switch, figure out the long standing tranny leak.



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An update -

I pulled the rears off today. The spring rate would work on a large family sedan - 300/540 in lb progressive rate . They are 11" which only TCI supplies so I have a pair of Genesis 1" spacers and a pair of Carrera 10"/175# springs on order. I went with them instead of the AFCO's as they are actually 2-1/2"id while the AFCO's are 2 5/8"id. The 2-5/8 wouldn't make any difference as that's only .062 a side and installed perfectly on the front, but I didn't want any slop on the spacers. Been a real interesting project. If anyone is interested in the take offs,PM me and we can discuss (yeah, I know,I'm probably in violation or close again)

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An update -

I pulled the rears off today. The spring rate would work on a large family sedan - 300/540 in lb progressive rate . They are 11" which only TCI supplies so I have a pair of Genesis 1" spacers and a pair of Carrera 10"/175# springs on order. I went with them instead of the AFCO's as they are actually 2-1/2"id while the AFCO's are 2 5/8"id. The 2-5/8 wouldn't make any difference as that's only .062 a side and installed perfectly on the front, but I didn't want any slop on the spacers. Been a real interesting project. If anyone is interested in the take offs,PM me and we can discuss (yeah, I know,I'm probably in violation or close again)

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You won't need the 1" spacer with the new springs. All the TCI coils are 10" now that they arent using the progressives anymore(same shock).

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You won't need the 1" spacer with the new springs. All the TCI coils are 10" now that they arent using the progressives anymore(same shock).

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U-h-h-h-h, not really. I still have a shock that is set up for an 11" spring free length, plus the removed spring that is 11-1/8 inch tall which means that I would have to wind the adjuster up that inch plus add the half to an inch for some minimum amount of preload. Photos eventually - springs will be here Thursday/Friday and the spacers next week.

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Springs and spacers arrived today. The spacers are very nicely made. The springs, crap - and on their way back to Speedway for another pair that are fully chromed - not half a job where the inner side is as rough as a corn cob and has places where they are bare of plating and begging for rust. For sure another few days with 2-3 feet of snow on the ground sure wont hurt my driving the car

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Well regarding the snow.... I've had all the winter needed. Y'all got more snow but I was just out with the dog and it is -10 again blowing 15-20 mph.

I have a car show at the end of FEB. The plow guy at the shop next door plowed out the front of my trailer but I bet there is at least 1000 pounds of snow and ice on it. I tried to keep up with it but the last big snowfall just got away from me then it rained and froze.
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Well regarding the snow.... I've had all the winter needed. Y'all got more snow but I was just out with the dog and it is -10 again blowing 15-20 mph.

I have a car show at the end of FEB. The plow guy at the shop next door plowed out the front of my trailer but I bet there is at least 1000 pounds of snow and ice on it. I tried to keep up with it but the last big snowfall just got away from me then it rained and froze.
I'll take the snow, thank you. Your part of the world has to be one of the icebox capitals. So far we have had 2 days below zero, which is 2 of the 6 average we normally have.

If it ever gets to the +20s, a propane bottle mounted Mr Heater should at least loosen that snow and ice covered trailer. My car trailer - it went down the road, but occasionally I wish for it back.

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I've got a heater for it but when it is -10 or more it simply can't do it as the trailer is not insulated. I think is is supposed to warm up next week so I'll get after it then.
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