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Old 02-21-2004, 02:06 PM
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Rear Coil Springs

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My 76 Monte Carlo rear end sags a little making the front end ride higher. I replaced the original rear coils with standard rear coil springs. After the springs settled, so to speak, the rear end is lower again. I added air shocks which fixed the problem, but the car handles poorly. My question is: If I use "Cargo Coil Springs" will this solve the problem, or is there better way ? Thanks for the help


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What do you mean by "handles poorly"? Is the car now loose? That is, does the rear end tend to come around on you while cornering hard? If that's the case, the answer might be found in a beefier aftermarket front sway bar. Of course, if the car presently has a rear sway bar, it should be disconnected. In other words, the addition of the rear air shocks has increased the rear roll stiffness and, to bring the car back into balance, you need to increase the front roll stiffness (beefier front sway bar) and/or decrease the rear roll stiffness (disconnect the rear sway bar). Of course, you're never going to frighten the Corvette owners at an autocross, but these changes should make it a bit more streetable.
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BillyShope,

The Monte, rides rough over bumps and corners poorly. It has OEM anti-sway bars both front and rear. Before I added the air shocks it handled better with Straight acceleration and cornering. Thanks for the help.


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Did you plumb the air lines separately or to a single air inlet? Using a single inlet that Y's to both air shocks will cause excess body roll in corners. If the right side is pushed down, it forces air into the left side, causing it to rise. Makes it a bit squirrelly. I used separate lines for my '72 Nova, & it handled just like it did before. Same with the air bags on my '88 T-bird.
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