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Old 08-16-2006, 03:52 PM
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Help, Front Suspension Spring rate

Who knows what the spring rate for the front leaf springs are foe a suicide suspension. I am converting the stock suspension for my 1949 Chevy to a suicide style. I am using the stock front axle of the truck so I am making everything myself. Just need help on the spring rate. any advice is helpful, Thanks.

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I would think a stock 40 Ford spring would be close ...
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Yeah, I think Deuce is right. Choose a car with a comparable weight to what your Chevy would weigh. You won't want one of the short T bucket style springs, and you will probably need at least 5 leaves, maybe more.

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I checked out your introduction post to see if you are using front fenders. It doesn't say. Are you? This would affect how much the front end will weigh and also the amount of leaves you will need. If you use a stock 40-48 Ford spring you can always take out leaves if it is to stiff. If you are not using front fenders another way you could go is to use that stock axle and adapt it to quarter elliptical springs instead of the semi elliptical springs. Either way you will have to fabricate or adapt some radius rods to that axle. Here is a couple of front ends done with quarter elliptical springs. If are interested in going that way I have some close ups of how they mount them.

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