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Old 02-27-2007, 12:28 PM
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ok i got a few questions. i want a good ride but with lift for that racked front end look but i dont want to lower the front end. i just cant stand lowered muscle cars.

1. are lakewood 70/30 drag shocks good??? i drive 95% of my time on the street 5% on the strip.

2. are variable rate springs good??? moog cargo control 158in/lbs

3. how much lift do lakewood traction action lift bars give you??? and are they good??? (trailing arms)

its for a 1970 el camino

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Old 03-02-2007, 05:31 PM
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What little I know!

Those shocks are to let the front come up easily and then tend to stay up because of the higher resistance on compression. Great for traction on the strip in a straight line on flat pavement. Actually a hazard on the street!
Lakewood builds quality components in my experience.
I have the progressive rate cargo springs on my 83 El Camino and I like them. I am rebuilding the entire car to a higher performance level and might go to something else when I start trying to put twice the power to the ground, but I'll start with those.
I am looking at the kit to reposition the lower control arms to increase traction. It is easy to buy the brackets to do this, but don't forget that when you drop the rear mounting point 2-3 inches that the sway bar, if not positioned differently on the control arm, will also be 2-3 inches lower. Some companies offer the arms and brackets with the mounting for the sway bar in the right position so it stays level.
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I think those el Caminos look the best level....like my 68
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Level is good

I tend to agree, new springs front and rear, and if one wants rake fine tune with tires and wheels.
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What style are you making this L/K ??? Have you got a plan for it, Or just trying to modifiy your ride. The suspension mods for DRAG racing do not work well on the street with a daily driver. I'm not aware of any thing on the market for these cars that would be dangerous if properly installed, But please try to decide what you really want when your done. you almost never get back your cash investment when you sell.
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Those shocks are to let the front come up easily and then tend to stay up because of the higher resistance on compression. Great for traction on the strip in a straight line on flat pavement. Actually a hazard on the street!
Lakewood builds quality components in my experience.
I have the progressive rate cargo springs on my 83 El Camino and I like them. I am rebuilding the entire car to a higher performance level and might go to something else when I start trying to put twice the power to the ground, but I'll start with those.
I am looking at the kit to reposition the lower control arms to increase traction. It is easy to buy the brackets to do this, but don't forget that when you drop the rear mounting point 2-3 inches that the sway bar, if not positioned differently on the control arm, will also be 2-3 inches lower. Some companies offer the arms and brackets with the mounting for the sway bar in the right position so it stays level.
Hope this helps some.
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the shocks i got are the 7/30 not the 90/10. 70/30 can be used on the street. 90/10 give you the quick lift.

i saw that kit but i figured instead of spendin about 100bucks or less to custom make traction bars i might as well buy new ones to get rid of my 37yr old bars. and right now my back end dosent have a sway bar never did. ill be puttin one one tho.
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What style are you making this L/K ??? Have you got a plan for it, Or just trying to modifiy your ride. The suspension mods for DRAG racing do not work well on the street with a daily driver. I'm not aware of any thing on the market for these cars that would be dangerous if properly installed, But please try to decide what you really want when your done. you almost never get back your cash investment when you sell.

i would like a good stif ride (not so stiff i cant steer it tho). i love the racked front end but i dont wanna lower the front coz then i gotta worry about bottomin out. i know ill get most of the lift with the tire size (front to back height). i would like at least a couple inches lift in the back just enough to notice the back is lifted. i do plan on drag racein now and then but nothin serious till i can afford it in the next few years. i do want max traction tho. so i can hit the gas and lanch without spinnin the tires till i hit mid 2nd gear like i do now. most of my prob with that is my tires i have crapy tires right now.
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I think those el Caminos look the best level....like my 68

they do look awsome level but i saw one way befor i got mine with a liftd back end and i just loved it. either way they look damn good to me.
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