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Old 04-17-2005, 09:50 PM
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coil overs.

hey need some help im installing coil overs on my 34 chevy pickup rear end. i have read in other treads that i should keep the shock straight up and down and tilt them in a little from side to side. but what about the load on the spring for a new installation should it be in the middle near the top or near the bottom.i have the rear tires on the ground and the frame on jackstands at the hight i would like it to sit...thanks stick

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Coil overs

Most of the ones on the rear are installed 14" pin to pin..the coil should be near the bottom at compressed height..this may require a spring change to get there...Depending on what springs that you have now..lot of the intial spring guess is just that an educated guess and I would expect to have to change the springs at least once to get the proper spring..

If you tilt the coil over it will require a heavier spring to get the ride height correct..If you notice the catalogs you will find that there are springs anywhere from about 80lbs in to over 1000lbs in that are used depending on the weight of the car and how much downforce we contemplate..also how the track surface is..

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thanks for the reply. so what your saying is the adjustment on the coil should be near the bottom which would make for a softer ride. am i correct.also my shocks fully extended are only about 14 1/2 inches eye to eye , so when installing them there is only about 1/2 inch compression correct. thanks again stick.
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You should set the shock so that somewhere around half of the shock shaft is showing. You want close to equal travel in bump and rebound. I wouldn't worry about where the spring coller goes till you get the wheels on the ground with some weight on them.
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another question?

Your manufacturer or dist should have given you the installed length on that particular unit..they come in 12 and 14 installed length( least the ones i use do).Then select the springs that support the car..Watch to see that you get full travel of the shock so the frame does not contact the axle..

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thanks again stick.(will ck with the manufacturer)
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