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Old 08-22-2003, 05:20 PM
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im building a chevelle for drag racing maybe street use once a week or so it weighs about 3400 lbs with me in it has a blown 383 with about 900 hp give or take a few i was wondering if anybody knew what kind of suspension i should run with this?

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Old 08-25-2003, 04:27 PM
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Suspension

I would run either Airbags with a release valve to lower it back down or run those Moroso "TRIK" springs... and some 90/10 shocks

In the rear I would run Landrum mono leafs - they are some of the best (from what I was told) for drag racing..
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Hey big, what have you done to the susp. already? 900HP is a lot and it's going to take some work to get it to hook up. I wouldn't go with an airbag set up since I wouldn't trust it with a total drag car, but maybe a street/strip car. Have you thought about tubbin' it, or at least mini tubs? What type of susp is on it now (coil or leaf)? Need to know how far you want to go with this and what you are capable of doing...
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I guess I got a little ahead of myself. I agree with him. I would give some serious consideration to mini tubbing it at the least. If all out drag race look into a 4 link maybe..
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right now its just got the stock suspension the motor isnt even in it yet i am tubbing it so i was thinking of going with a 4 link set up or ladder bars i cant decide but thanks for the help
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Both of those are great set ups. The reason a 4 Link is better is because of the tunability of it. You can set up the preload for different track conditions. If you don't need to be that precise, go with a ladder bar set up. It works great, and a little easier to install.
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alright thanks a lot i think i am gonna go with ladder bars for now its a little cheaper and from what you say its easier to install thanks again
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Re: drag racing suspension

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im building a chevelle for drag racing maybe street use once a week or so it weighs about 3400 lbs with me in it has a blown 383 with about 900 hp give or take a few i was wondering if anybody knew what kind of suspension i should run with this?
WELL WITH THAT MUCH HP AND GOD ONLY KNOWS HOW MUCH TORQUE MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO BACK HALF THE CAR (TUBBS) AND A WELL SET UP 4- LINK
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I am going to agree with Billy on this one........ If you have anyhopes of getting that car to hook up consistantly, you should at a minimum, back half the car with a four link. I would stay away from the lasser bars because they will limit axle articulation you will encounter driving it on the street. You can run air on high horse power all day long. You would actually be benefitting yourself because it adds to the tunability with adjustable spring rates.

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I agree, Back half that beast. You'll be glad you did. Don't spend the money for just ladder bars and then be sorry later. With 900 hp. You have to have tuneability to get it to hook.....Thats my nickels worth..........GlennK
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thanks for all the help the car will mainly be a track car i might drive it to school once a week or so and on friday and saturday nights but for the most part it will be for the track i think i am going with the 4 link i just need to scrape up the money for it i still got another 6 months before i get my liscense so i should have time to get it built by the time its ready to be taken on the street
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Tony,
My Nova is back halfed currently. Originally, I wanted to run air bags (about 3 years ago), but your company said that bags would not handle the hard launch or the front end coming down after a wheelie. Like I said, this was 3 years ago, and it was at a little stand at a car show, so things may have changed since then. I already have all my suspension done, and can't afford to change it out now, but in being a hot rodder, nothing's ever truely "done". Can you let me know what kit is out there that would work with my Alston back half/4 link? Thanks!
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In the rear its a no-brainer....... I would use our rear Shockwaves. They are pretty much a direct bolt in coil over replacement. There is no doubt they can take the heat. I have guys running these on 7 second diggers and on 6 sec pro-mods. I even have guys running these at the Bonneville salt flats. The front is what where you are going to be concerned but it wouldnt be with the bags themselves but more with the coil-over mounts. Those poor 1/2" bolts can only take so much and if you are really slamming the front end down after the launch that is where you will have the problem. But as far as the strength of a Shockwave over a coil-over....... there is no compromise.........

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Thanks Tony, that's great to know!
Damn, now I really need to hit the lottery...too many damn cool things to get now a days...
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