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Old 01-13-2011, 10:54 PM
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Lever Shocks

I have a set of lever shocks from a 56 Chev Pu so I want to put them on the front of my '27 Ford hotrod I'm building. I'm running a suicide front axle and have not run lever shocks on a setup like that before so what type of sacrifice will I be making?
The shocks only dampen in one direction, one set is spring loaded the opposite way and the other is not spring loaded. I can control how much dampening I get by the viscosity of oil I run inside so I should be able to get them close enough to run on a light car.
Anyone have experience in this?

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Old 01-14-2011, 07:13 AM
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almost a pogo

most people took them off to get a better ride. I had a friend that auto crosssed a sports car and he changed oil to get better handling. His problem was the track was set up where he had to go in a tight circle two times and the shocks settled down and handling got worse as the shock bled down. the answer was the right sway bar. any type of shock will help a buggy spring suspension. On my original t's I have a set of cone spring hasslers one one. another has small coil double pivots, another set has a lever bracket and long coil springs parallel to the spring. the Idea was to use 2 springs with different rates to dampen . like using dual valve springs in your engine. to prevent the pogo effect. I have a set of original Hartford levers on the speedster, they are now repo-ed in england but about $ 2 k for 4 , One of my T buckets has an old set of 50's dragster lever shocks ,.on another chassis I used the new speedway friction levers.
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Thanks Timothale, your info pointed me in the right direction.
I did a bit more research today & decided to go with a different lever shock than I have. If I go with one that has dampening in both directions I should have a suitable ride for what I'm building.
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