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Old 07-14-2002, 06:08 AM
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Don't laugh, its pumped and heading for the 12's. Dropping the front is easy, Daytona struts. The rear is a problem. The axle is under the spring. If I mount it over the springs, suspension travel is an inch. The van is streetable. It seems to me that if I use a monoleaf spring, still above the axle, I should get a 1" drop. Are these things available "re-arched" so I can get another 2"

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Old 07-14-2002, 03:15 PM
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"C" the chassis & stick a fat chick in the back!!
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How crazy do you want to get and how much money do you want to spend and do you know how to weld?

What kind of Van is it? Give me the lowdown, and I'll try to help as best I can.

Afterall you could be a cousin...

Faust...Hmm...might have to use my firstname while posting a topic you start...

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The van is a '89 Dodge Turbo minivan. It doesn't have a separate frame. Whats going on here is the wheel openings look too big. If I use the front struts from a Daytona, I get a 3 1/2" drop. I want the rear to match. The rear axle is "dropped" in stock form with cast webbing at the ends. If I mount it over the spring I get the right height, but only one inch of travel before it hits the snubber. I have added a picture of that below. So, I want to leave the axle below the spring. If I can find monoleaf springs, that in itself should give me a 1" drop from the loss of spring thickness. If I can find a monoleaf re-arched to give me another 2" that should even it out and still give me more suspension travel than mounting the axle over the spring. Where can I find them?
Cousins? The family is from the Tidewater, but settled as far south as Wayne County, NC. Namesake rode with JEB Stuart.

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A southern boy Faust, alright. Welcome. HK(Faust#1) thought you were asking this question, blew me away. To get to your question, I can see where a mono will help, but won't having it re-arched just put it closer to the snubber?? Anyway, check with Eaton, <a href="http://www.eatonsprings.com" target="_blank">www.eatonsprings.com</a>
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You're right. I will still lose some suspension travel. But I use a trailer to haul my big blocks. I have thought of mounting over the axle, but cutting out some of the webbing and gusseting it with steel plate. Not an engineer, but I don't feel good about that one.
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Not too familiar with that minivan, but I will look and see what I can find/remember. I used to work in a Lowrider shop in GA so lowering things was a daily job. We lowerd alot of vans, but I don't recall lowering a dodge, don't recal ever seeing the suspention setup on one either. Give me a few and I'll call a friend of mne that was head susp. tech at the shop, he should be able to help.

I'm originally from germany, so if we are cousins its very distant. Have a few distant cousins in PA, but don't know how far spread out or how many different Faust's there are. I have a Faust familiy history book that lists everyone up untill the early '80's, but thats from the tribe in PA, no direct relation to my german/french roots. Doubt we are related, but its fun to think so!

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HK My Faust family derives from the Germanna Colony in Virginia, about 1720. The Pennsylvania Germans are a later group, no connection with my family. Too bad, I am running short of cousins. I would appreciate any help you can offer. I expect to lose some ride quality, but I can't deal with only an inch of suspension travel.
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