coilover shock setup

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coilover shock setup

Post by chevy art » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:35 pm

have a real nice set of single adjustable coilovers with all heim joint eyes. i am using these shocks with calvert 2 piece LEAF SPRINGS. calvert sells the adjustable shocks for these springs with 7 inches of travel. my coilovers shocks only have 5 1/4 inched of travel. question is, where should i set the ride heigth of these shocks to work best with the leaf springs.. i could set them with about 2 inches open and give me about 3 1/4 inches of travel up, or set them at 3 inches open to give me only about 2 1/4 inches up, but more down travel at about 3 1/4 inches.they dont have a whole lot of travel, but i want to get the most from them using the 5 1/4 inches of travel. dont really undersatand how the leaf spring car works. it a glide car with sbc, 5500stall converter and tranny brake. aprox 580 horses. its a 67 nova. thanks for any info given art

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Re: coilover shock setup

Post by steve316 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:47 pm

You would set them up for more extension & less compression; 3.0 extension & 2.25 compression. works on 63 nova with latter-bars. Steve

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Re: coilover shock setup

Post by John Wallace » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:43 pm

I would think for drag racing use, you want the most travel to be for extension.
Should not need a lot of compression except for on the return road?

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Re: coilover shock setup

Post by chevy art » Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:33 pm

thanks john and steve. that is the way i thought it should be, as when i watch a leaf spring car take off, in the body raises, meaning the shocks open up, which is what you guys are saying. i will set them with a ride height of 2 inches, which will give me the 3 1/4 inches to travel up(extension) thanks again art

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