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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 11, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Leaf springs vs. coil-over

I asked this in Suspensions, but this one may be more appropriate.

For those that have switched over to coil-over rear suspensions... Hows the ride, compared to leaf springs?

My ride is a street car, I hit the track maybe 1 time a year. There are a lot of choices to rear upgrades, and many of them use coil-over setups. I just don't want to be disappointed in the ride quality if I were to switch over.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 11, 07:46 AM
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Re: Leaf springs vs. coil-over

I also would like to know if the 4-Link would make a lot of difference. I would like to do about 3 Autocross's per year, so I'm not sure if it's worth the investment. The ride quality and precise control of the rear are supposed to be the advantages. I wish someone local had a car with a good 4-Link setup so I could take a drive!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 11, 10:32 AM
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Re: Leaf springs vs. coil-over

I have G-Bar with coilovers and I can say that I prefer the ride over the leafs. Wheel hop seems to be a thing of the past. However, that said I can say that proper spring rate selection is key. You also have to make sure that the coilover shock travel is centered (+/- 10 or so) at ride height. You do not have the flexibility of ride height that some think is available with coilovers.

If you check out Todd's posts (Vegas69) on lateral-g.net you will learn quite a lot about his experiences with his G-Bar.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 11, 01:30 PM
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Re: Leaf springs vs. coil-over

I know this is an old post, I couldn't help myself. I own a 67 pro-tour and a 69 pro-tour. the 67 has a complete DSE 3 inch drop leaf set up. It drives like a truck! The 69 has the quadralink 4 bar or should I say 5 bar counting the panhard bar. Its awesome, the ride is phenominal and the car is so well balanced. Any 4 link, torque arm, 3 link will be a better ride. The leafs are stiff, yes you can make them handle but it still rides like crap.

my two cents- Rich
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 11, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Leaf springs vs. coil-over

Thanks Don and Rich, good to know
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 11, 09:13 AM
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Re: Leaf springs vs. coil-over

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I know this is an old post, I couldn't help myself. I own a 67 pro-tour and a 69 pro-tour. the 67 has a complete DSE 3 inch drop leaf set up. It drives like a truck! The 69 has the quadralink 4 bar or should I say 5 bar counting the panhard bar. Its awesome, the ride is phenominal and the car is so well balanced. Any 4 link, torque arm, 3 link will be a better ride. The leafs are stiff, yes you can make them handle but it still rides like crap.

my two cents- Rich
Composite leafs will address a lot of the ride issues with leaf springs.

Mike - '68 Camaro - aftermarket or modern pretty much everything.


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