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Old 08-27-2012, 10:10 AM
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What is this set up called?

What is the correct term for this type of suspension? And can I replace the shocks with coil overs and eliminate the leaf springs? I want to upgrade the leaf springs, but was figuring it might be better off going with adjustable coil overs. Also does this look like C-Clip eliminators installed in there???

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Old 08-27-2012, 10:25 AM
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Panard needed

You would need a panard or watts linkage to keep the rear axle from going sideways, bar parallel to axle, axle to the frame, with the fuel cell there might not be enough room for a watts.... Ford 9's also 8's do not use C clips.
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Gotcha, so upgraded springs it is..lol
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You would need a panard or watts linkage to keep the rear axle from going sideways,
Look again - there's already a diagonal bar between the ladder bars for that function. A Watts linkage on the front of the axle is possible but not mandatory (the mounting bolts for the 9" center section make a nice mounting point for the bracket). A Panhard rod along with the existing diagonal link will cause binding.
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blurry for me

When I tried to enlarge the picts they were blurry, I held down the Ctl key and hit the plus key, the resize was blurry . after another try to load the picts, I see, It's painted black. just go to adjustable coilovers
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So with that torsion bar in it I can just go with a coilover? Cool!!!

What if I added something like this for good measure?

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So with that torsion bar in it I can just go with a coilover? Cool!!!

What if I added something like this for good measure?

Just to be correct, the diagonal bar is not a torsion bar, it's a diagonal brace that prevents the axle from moving side to side. The short panhard rod in the picture is NOT what you want to do. It simply duplicates the function of the diagonal bar you already have AND since it's a different length, it will cause binding as I described above. Just add coilovers to what you already have. Don't make work for yourself.
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short panhard

A panhard bar should be as long as possible and parallel to the ground when the car is at ride height , a short bar at an angle can sometimes make the rear end want to steer you .usually not what you want unless you just drive in circles. torsion bars are used in place of coil or leaf springs, chrysler had a lot of front torsion bar suspensions starting in the 60;s Mazda pickups in the 80's and a few newer full sized trucks. one end fastened to the frame and the other to the A Arm, it twists as the car moves up and down,

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So just to be clear, what I have will work perfectly with a set of coilovers???
And how do you go about selecting length properly?
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coilovers

You will probably need new mounting brackets for the coil overs. check out speedway motors and Welder series suspension section. the companies that sell coilovers have detailed instructions to find which ones you need, weight at each wheel, static length , travel needed and Mounting angle all will determine your need. the great thing about coil overs is you can fine tune your suspension.
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This is how my shocks mount currently, would this be acceptable or would I need to weld on those mounting tabs?

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nounts

They look like they should work. Most of the lower mounts have multiple holes for more possible locationsm and if you have enough clearance to other components, hoses. fuel lines, exhaust. etc.
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Does anyone know if I can mount a coilover in the exact same position as my shocks pictured above? So I dont have to weld the upper brackets on? Currently the shocks bount via a bolt through the frame so the eyelets are in a front to back position. Or is this too much stress on the bolt without the tabs??
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I gota ask. How long have you had this car? Is this a drag car? Prostreet?
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I gota ask. How long have you had this car? Is this a drag car? Prostreet?
Its a pro street car, i had it about 3 years. Any input on my mounting issue?
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