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CometGT1974
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posted 09-25-2002 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hello,

I don't think anyone makes a specific front drag spring for my application and I'm just wondering if there is someone out there who can make me some??

Also, I'd like some opinions on who makes the best drag shocks....I'm interested in a high quality alunimum adjustable shock for the front and then sometime down the road for the rear!!

my car is a 74 Comet Gt (same as a Maverick)

thanks for any help!!

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CometGT1974
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posted 09-25-2002 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
one more thing! does tying up the front suspension help with weight transfer or launch characteristics??

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TomP
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posted 09-25-2002 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have some that'd work.

Tom

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Moneymaker
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posted 09-25-2002 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
QA-1 shocks.

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CometGT1974
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posted 09-26-2002 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have visited QA1's website and i am very impressed with there products. It looks as though they also offer springs! I have been told that Moroso will make me a set of there trick springs.....So what do you have Tom?? The reason I am asking all this is that in the class I am racing in they do not allow coil overs or any modifications to the front suspension, other than minor stuff and it is up to the tracks discression to pass it during tech inspection. I want to jut bolt in the best springs and shocks I can find and then take some weight out of the front and put some weight in the trunk!! What springs should I go with? Has anyone had experience with AFCO shocks?? I checked them out and they seem a little bit more expen$ive then everyone else but I think they offer a double adjustable shock, would it be worth the extra money?? Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated!!

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TomP
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posted 09-26-2002 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i have springs.

How fast is this car going to be? Tying the suspension down is only used if it hooks too well.

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Moneymaker
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posted 09-30-2002 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just how fast it the car really and what does it weigh with you in it? Race trim?
What tires are you required to use?

Does it spin now?

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CometGT1974
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posted 09-30-2002 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am running a 26x10 Hoosier slicks with cal trak bars, Rancho's and stock replacement leaf springs. The car runs 6.30's in the 1/8th. Stock front springs with lakewood 90/10's. The car doesn't seem to be spinning much but seems like it's not transferring weight properly, you may be able to tell what the suspension is doing if you check out the video footage I posted over in the Maverick/Comet section. I have been researching this and I may have decided on going with coil overs in the front!?! The class allows coil overs in the front but they must mount in the factory locations. The car weighs 3075 lbs. on the starting line with me in it.....One more question, when front tires come back down to the ground after leaving the line I'm getting some serious bump steer, if it were pulling them up higher it would probably be more violent and maybe even jerk the wheel out of my hands!?! I plan on installing a Flaming River rack and am curious if it will cure the bump steer??? Thanks for all the help guys!!

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posted 09-30-2002 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dreher Modifications sells a bolt in Mustang/Cougar/Comet/Maverick etc. coil over front shock deal. It is very nice and ultra high quality. It uses AFCO shocks. It is also very expensive. The theory behind it is that the unit has the ability to release stored energy to aid in weight transfer. I have driven the Dreher superstocker and will say that the system works. I will however, never buy one as I do not think that they quite accomplish what they think they do. $800 is not worth the 12 lb weight savings to me. My set up is about as scienced out a coil over control arm suspension as there is and as much as I would love to take another 12 lbs total off of the front of MM, that is about the only benefit I can justify. The correct springs,shock, loose bushings, and most importantly, a bronze bushing, greasable spring perch with a race wheel alignment can't be beat on a coil over control arm car. My car out runs, 60 foots, handles, and drives better than theirs in my oppinion. Not that their car is any slouch, but I don't believe as much was gained from the coil over system as they think. If money was no object, I would have one in a heartbeat for the weight savings for sure.
If you want weight transfer for your Comet, then you need a nice set of loose springs, a good set of shocks, and a set of loose spring perches. That will stand your car right up. Then all you need to worry about is getting it back down so you don't kill all that you have gained with wind resistance.

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CometGT1974
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posted 10-01-2002 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the help Alex!! Any idea as to where I could find out a little more info on this Dreher Modifications company??

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-01-2002 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NO website as they have not yet entered the computer age in Granada Hills Ca.
818-368-5904 ask for Dick Dreher

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Alex Denysenko
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R&J MOTORSPORTS
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posted 10-02-2002 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for R&J MOTORSPORTS   Click Here to Email R&J MOTORSPORTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, where can I get a set of these spring perches you are talking about? Can the stock ones be modified? Thanx, Joe

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posted 10-02-2002 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$150 a pair exchange Joe.

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Alex Denysenko
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