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F551
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posted 03-02-2002 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Want to do something with rear suspension this winter, currently 5 leaf (that came on car)with Cal-Tracs and Rancho shocks.

Landrum hasnt answered my request for info from 10 days ago - perhaps they don't need any business?

I know Alex likes the Flexi-form, but I can't find their website - can anyone provide the link?

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Fred
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Moneymaker
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posted 03-02-2002 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Phone number is 864-261-7006. They do have a website. Search under fiber glass leaf springs and yo will find it.

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chips67
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posted 03-02-2002 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chips67   Click Here to Email chips67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
what benifit are the fiberglass springs?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-02-2002 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...or you could look on our 'Links' page...

http://flex-a-form.com/

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posted 03-03-2002 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by chips67:
what benifit are the fiberglass springs?


1. They weigh ~8lbs each

2. They lighten your wallet by ~$400 a pair.


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SundanceKid
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posted 03-03-2002 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SundanceKid   Click Here to Email SundanceKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, can you use fiberglass springs with Comps slide a link? I figure ya can but just wanted your input.

thanks

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F551
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posted 03-03-2002 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks a lot guys - would have been looking a long time for Flexi-form.

Alex what kind of life do you get out of a pair? And for ordering - do you just measure up your existing springs?

Wow - would be $600-700 dollars with exchange and freight/brokerage fees. Will be hard to swing this year already bought a covered trailer, new torque converter and a crank. Can you guys suggest anything to look at with the multileaf or how about steel monoleaf?

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SundanceKid
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posted 03-09-2002 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SundanceKid   Click Here to Email SundanceKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, Ive seen people use fiberglass springs for years, and I've never stoped to ask "what do they do for ya?" Would it be better to loose weight at the springs or the rearend it's self?

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posted 03-09-2002 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Capri   Click Here to Email Capri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When we put em on MM, we lost a ton of weight. Remembering, we have to reach a minimum weight of 2965. It took the weight off in Unsprung weight, and sprung weight both. Id say that was an advantage because the 60ft picked up.

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F551
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posted 03-10-2002 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So is weight reduction the only advantage to the monoleaf either fibreglass or steel?

Any suggestions on optimizing a multi leaf set up?

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Fred
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Mark T 7724
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posted 03-10-2002 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark T 7724   Click Here to Email Mark T 7724     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Call Cal-Tracs and ask them about thier steel mono-leaf these springs work great, We installed them on Al Keens 68 Stock Eliminator car and the car hooks like a rock 1.45 60ft times. Cal-Tracs number is 661-948-1490

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SundanceKid
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posted 03-11-2002 02:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SundanceKid   Click Here to Email SundanceKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
<-------------------Not a DRAG racer!

I never did look good in pumps and a wig

I want...need stiffer springs and was wondering if I could get stiffer then 4 leaf springs and, if they work with the adjust a link kits?

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F551
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posted 03-12-2002 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark - our car regularly does 1.45 60ft, best of 1.42 60ft - as long as tires are still good. We just feel it could do better, what with all that torque and a transbrake. We will be running a 9" converter this season, maybe that will help.

Sundance - it's not that kind of drag!

You can get your local spring shop to rebuild your existing springs and add a leaf. That's what I did 14 - 15 years ago.
When you say "adjust a link kits" - do you mean the Comp Eng Slide-A-Link? If so would work fine, there was a post a couple of weeks back - Alex recommended that setup for street/strip.

Was just hoping there may be something to gain with having a spring engineered for a drag racing application. If a monoleaf is just weight reduction....then that's a lot of money!

For example Ken Miele with his C/SA 68 CJ - http://www.autoimagery.com/miele.htm - how is he doing that? Saw a wheelstand pic of the car in a magazine that showed multileaf springs with no clips on the back - the spring was "fanned" out. Is it all in a big set of gears?

My brother is going to call Calvert - hopefully he will be more interested than "Landrum".

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69maverick
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posted 07-08-2004 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I e-mailed the flex a form guy he told me 400 plus shipping for 16 lbs that can't cost more than 20 or 30 bucks?

Can anyone tell me how these will be on a street car as far as an normal ride on the highway?

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Moneymaker
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posted 07-08-2004 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do NOT recomend Flex-a-Form fiber glass mono leafs for the street.
Cal-Track bi-mono is a better bet.

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69maverick
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posted 07-08-2004 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Alex ! Do you have a link to them?

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 07-09-2004 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 69maverick:
Thanks Alex ! Do you have a link to them?

I don't mean to steal any thunder from ya, Alex, but I was just at their site.

69Mav, you can find them here:

http://www.calvertracing.com/info/info.htm

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