Dec 23rd, 99, 05:12 PM
Does anyone make a leaf spring that actually seems to retain its height? I like my current handling and am really resisting the temptation to put air shocks on improve my sagging 2 yr old springs. Other than my spare and jack, I have a 25# tool box in the trunk. I'm on my third set, all by different manufacturers and haven't found a brand that cuts it. Someone must haved found the perfect solution or manufacturer by now, right?
Dec 23rd, 99, 06:22 PM
i have a 67 ragtop also,when I got the car it sat about 21/2 inches lower in back with the stock monoleaf springs.I put on a set of multi-leafs that the previous owner never got around to installing,but it still sat a good 1 inch lower in the back.At the time I did'nt want to spend $ on another set.I called "Summit" they have a set of Mr. gasket ajustable shackles. You have about 5 different height settings to choose from,so i supposed you could even adjust them up as your springs wear.They only cost about 10 bucks, and thats for both sides.They are kind of crude looking though,I rounded mine off on a bench grinder and painted them for a more stock look.I thought about air shocks also,but I've had them before and the ride rougher then my 4X4!No leaky air lines to deal with either.Hope this helps ya.
Dec 26th, 99, 04:12 PM
Call Vette Brakes at 800-237-9991. They make a fiberglass composite monoleaf spring. It is similar to the fiberglass springs used on Corvettes.
They come in two spring rates, 150# and 200# and are supposed to eliminate the need for traction bars. Expensive at $450, but have a five year warranty.
[This message has been edited by gheatly (edited 12-26-1999).]
Dec 26th, 99, 04:31 PM
just a thought - have you considered having a local spring shop re-arch your current springs? I have done this with four wheel vehicles and have had great success. Good Luck!
Jan 17th, 00, 01:13 PM
Well the re-arch strategy worked. Just got back from the brake shop. Third one I tried before I found someone that knew what to do. He said he could take them out and re-arch, but knew a trick to do them in the car. He jacked up each side individually in front of the front spring bushing. Then he put a steel wedge that looked like a log spliting maul about 8" behind the front bushing between the thinnest part of the spring and the upper frame. He blocked the wedge in place. Then lowered the car to the ground and two guys jumped up and down in the rear seat and two of us bounced our butts up and down on the trunk for a couple of minutes. Then, repeated for the other side.
Overall, I got 2 inches of height at the rear bumper and 1 1/2" at the wheel wells. The best part it only cost me a case of beer.
Thanks again for the suggestion.
Jan 17th, 00, 05:51 PM
Now that's creative, but I think it would have been a much better posting if you drank the beer before you started jumping up and down. Leave it to you folks in SLO.