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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 29th, 08, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

Which rear leafs would you guys recommend for the best straight line traction from a stop, Global West L2 or Hotchkis? I'm getting rid of my slide-a-links and want the best leaf springs for getting me out of the hole on the street with 275/40/17 street radials out back. I still want the car to handle well (no Moroso trick springs or drag shocks), so whatever manufacturer I go with for rear springs, I'll go with the same for the front springs. I recently put KYB gas-adjust shocks on all four corners.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 29th, 08, 05:51 AM
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Re: Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

I have the hotchkis setup. Unfortunately, running 275/40/17 street radials and traction don't always go hand in hand. You might want to consider running a drag style radial if you want more traction.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old May 29th, 08, 07:23 AM
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Re: Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

i use the l-2s and have m/t drag radials. traction is no issue. notice my 60 foot time below: that's a torque converter/rear gear/heavy wheel and brakes issue. i can barely burnout and have no hop at all.
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Re: Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

GW L-2s and 275/50/15 Hoosier drag radials nets 1.61 60 foots with a broken motor...

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Re: Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

Last weekend marked the completion of an install of global west subframe connectors, global west L-2 leaf springs w/ their del-a-lum shackle kit, and new body bushings.

So far I am very pleased with the results, especially considering I got to remove sagging old leaf springs and slapper bars. In retrospect, the only thing keeping the leaf spring sag under control was the fact that they were resting FULL TIME on the slapper bars.

I'll post more as I have more data to provide from the swap. I will say that I went this direction after extensive research on this topic and IMHO think the design of he L-2s are tailor made for elimination of spring wrap and wheel hop.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old May 29th, 08, 10:07 AM
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Re: Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

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So far I am very pleased with the results, especially considering I got to remove sagging old leaf springs and slapper bars.
Although pricey, personally I like the fact that I don't have traction bars on my car. I think the leaf springs with no traction bars looks very clean and simple.


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IMHO think the design of he L-2s are tailor made for elimination of spring wrap and wheel hop.
I agree and personally have never experienced wheel hop thanks to the L-2s!

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old May 30th, 08, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

Thanks for the replies guys. I think I'm leaning towards the Global West L2's.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 08, 09:39 AM
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Re: Global West vs Hotchkis leafs for traction

Had you considered these:

http://www.landrumspring.com/

I've just ordered a set after reading up on various forums....opinion seems to be very positive!

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