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streetstang67
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posted 04-23-2003 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetstang67   Click Here to Email streetstang67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I heard that putting a clamp or two on the leaf springs help traction b/c it makes it more like a solid rod. Is this true? How would you do it? Does it work?

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70coupe
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posted 04-23-2003 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I clamped the front part of the spring and it seemed to stop it from wrapping up a bit.
Then I tried clamping the back as well and I started to get wheel hop. If I were you I would clamp the front of both springs and leave the back half alone.
Just my experience!

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steve'66
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posted 04-23-2003 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Each spring clamp is made from 2 peices of 1" wide, 3/16" thick 4" long cold rolled steel straps. Drill 3/8" holes in each end of the straps 3.25" apart on their centers. Place a strap above the spring and one below, then put two 3/8" dia bolts thru both straps on each side of the spring pack. Put three or four on the front 1/2 of the springs for starters. You might want to clamp the rear 1/2 later.

Clamping keeps the leaves from seperating, and fights body lift.

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streetstang67
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posted 04-23-2003 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetstang67   Click Here to Email streetstang67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
where do I put them on the front part? How much does it help?

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steve'66
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posted 04-23-2003 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How hard does your car launch?
I have a feeling this is a mod you don't need yet.

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streetstang67
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posted 04-23-2003 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetstang67   Click Here to Email streetstang67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your probably right, but it is free. I'm just trying to stop wheel spin. But thats probably impossible since I have a peg leg axle and radial tires

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steve'66
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posted 04-23-2003 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by streetstang67:
Your probably right, but it is free. I'm just trying to stop wheel spin. But thats probably impossible since I have a peg leg axle and radial tires

Absolutely! Unless you swap in a little 6 cylinder.

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bluestreek
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posted 04-23-2003 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody else have oppinion or experience on clamping the rear section together?

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Moneymaker
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posted 04-23-2003 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bluestreek:
Anybody else have oppinion or experience on clamping the rear section together?



You would only want to do that with a stick shift car with slicks.

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bluestreek
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posted 04-23-2003 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought I remembered trying it once on another car and got some kind of weird pogo effect. Thought it might have been the tires chirping but wasn't sure.

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Fastymz
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posted 04-24-2003 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I clamp the front of the springs should I leave my lift bars on or OFF.I think they help I do know that when I jack up the front of the car the rear tire will start to leave the ground too.So it must be stopping some front spring movement already?
So whats better clamping springs or lift bars or both???

Thanks

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