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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 01, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Guys: Need some input/suggestions on a set of
rear leaf springs for my 75 402. Car will be a weekend cruiser occasional strip use. Went to change out bushings and found original set were broke in spots. Already bought the Prothane bushing kit. Should I try a single leaf or go back to stock new multi? Of course I do not want to spend more than necessary. Also, car had a pair of old $45 Lakewood traction bars on it. Any suggestions as to something that will suit me? Thanks.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 01, 05:37 PM
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If you are planning on dragracing I would put a new set of leafsprings on. You dont want to skimp on your rear suspension when you want good hook-up off the line

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 01, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Hollywood; new springs appear to be relatively cheap at $58.00 each side. Any suggestions for a traction aid other than the old Lakewoods? Should I try without the bars?

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 01, 05:56 PM
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Go with the new springs and keep the traction bars for now just make sure the rubber bumper is in good shape.The closer you have it to the spring the more effective they are but the ride suffers as well.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 01, 03:37 PM
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Get new leafs. But get rid of the Lakewood traction bars. If the rubber snubber doesn't sit under the spring eye, you'll end up bending the leafs. I found out the hard way. Try Cal Tracs or CE traction bars. Cal Tracs are pricey but nice.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 01, 04:47 PM
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I am running C/E's "J" bolt traction bars now but if you go to the performance section and read some feed back in my topic "First Gen traction set-up" I think you will see that the best way to go for drag racing is with CAL-TRAC Bars.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 01, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seems like new leafs is the ticket for the street. When budget permits look into the caltracs for the strip. Any guess as to if I will have wheel hop problems just "gouging"
on it on the street? Most time will be cruising. I personally do not like the look of the old style traction bars and would rather run stock multi springs on street and
get the caltracs when budget permits. I really appreciate everybody's input on this.
Nothing like real world experience. Thanks

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 01, 06:00 PM
 
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Slapper bars are a sign that you are driving an old war horse. A vetern of the quarter mile. Kinda like a flattened nose if you box. Or a tatoo on a sailer. IMHO!! pdq67



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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 01, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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PDQ67:
This car also had louvers, blackouts, spinners, pinstriping, and 265 50 15 front
295 50 15 rear on cragars, air shocks, and the fancy chrome lakewood bars. It looks more like a car my generation drove to high school (80s) than an old war horse. Yes, I am going through everything to make it a tasteful and functional street machine. Thanks for the input. I wish my Navy tatoo and broken nose/teeth from the 80s was as easy to change as a set of Lakewoods.

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