Leaf springs need advise for ride height

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  1. dgibby

    dgibby Well-Known Member

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    Looking for advise on how to pick the right spring for the ride height that I want to achieve.
    Have searched found a lot of info on who make what but not much on figuring ride height.
    ESPO does + 1 & 2, stock and - 1 & 2. General does stock and plus 2.5. Hotchkis are 1 inch lower but read they could be too weak? Dirt track springs??
    Want to keep the lowered look that I have (flat worn out 40 year old springs) and have a good handling spring. Have PST 1.03 torsion bars and Bilstein shocks. Rear tires are 25.4 tall
    Here is a picture of the current ride height that I'd like to stay close to.
    Thanks for the help.

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      I have FirmFeel -1 on my Barracuda. They are same height as my 50 year old slant6 springs where. What a difference in ride quality.
       
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      Call FirmFeel they are very helpful and and knowledgeable in Mopar. They do cost more than Espo Beautiful Dart.
       
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      My buddy ordered the Espo 2"over springs but they sent him the stock ones and wanted him to pay to return their mistake. It sits too low in the back with stock springs.
       
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      I don't quite see a lowered look in your photo but you can always finetune(lower) the rear height with lowering blocks if you want.
      For handling, leafsprings work best when they are nearly flat with the car's weigh on them.

      Love the car, but anytime I can see the top of the a through the fender-opening I feel the stance is too high and there's room for improvement.
       
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        Gorgeous car.
        I agree with @BigBlockMopar here.

        You can always Get the spring rates that you want and adjust ride height with lowering blocks. Keep an eye on your pinion angle as you lower it down.

        Also, while this ride height looks good, that front end could probably go down an inch and look even better (IMO).
         
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        Was hoping not to have to block it if possible.
        I do like the front end a little lower but with short tires there’s not much left even with low pro bump stops. Plus headers dragging..
        I think the stance is off too because of the back sitting on the down slope of the driveway. Here’s one on flat ground. I think it sits pretty good.

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          Ment to say; "the top of a tire" in my earlier post.
          Guess the word Tire went awol.