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CometGT1974
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posted 01-24-2004 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been working on my front suspension trying to get the car to transfer weight as efficiently as possible. There's lots involved in getting a car to hook up, especially a leaf spring car. I'ts not just one component but the whole package. My rear suspension is pretty much as good as it's gonna get for a stock leaf spring setup but there was much to be desired in the front. The Urethane bushings I installed were binding and actually tearing the lower control arm bushing. Resistance like that is not what you want, it keeps the front suspension from doing it's job. The best way to get rid of all the bind is to make everything a bearing insted of a bushing!! Easier said then done!! I've converted the lower control arm over to a Spherical Aircraft Bearing that will allow it to move effortlessly, exactly the way you want it in drag racing and in road racing!! The uppers are currently at the machine shop having custom greaseable bushings made! I'm also have a custom strut rod bearing made up and last winter I had the spring perch made into a greasable aluminum bushing. The expensive alternative to all this is the trick uppers and lowers from TCP or Global West at the tune of about $700 for the uppers and I think $500 for the lowers. I got the spherical bearing kit from Global West which requires a bit of work to install and I also boxed in the bearing end of the control arm. I will follow up with pictures of the upper control arms as well as the custom strut rod bearings!!

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CometGT1974
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posted 01-24-2004 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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CometGT1974
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posted 01-24-2004 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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CometGT1974
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posted 01-24-2004 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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69maverick
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posted 01-26-2004 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
tell me more my brotha! I have boxed mine in to stablize them from flex in the center section but I haven't done anything to the bushing end yet. What have you done to the chassis mounts the firm them up?

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CometGT1974
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posted 01-27-2004 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, since this is mostly a drag car I didn't strengthen the frame mount, if it saw road course action or extreme street action I would strengthen the frame mount. I boxed in the bushing end since it seems to be the weakest part of the lower arm. I basically replicated what Global West does except at about half the cost. I'm trying to get the front suspension as "loose" as possible so the spring and shock can do there job without the bushings/bearings interfering. I guess you could call it a "roller" front suspension but the upper arms are just gonna be greaseable bronze bushings since it was gonna be a major cost to find bearings and make them work. I had originally used Urethane bushings but they were binding and not allowing the front suspension to move up and down freely. This will allow the car to transfer weight more freely and accurately. Alex (Moneymaker) has given me most of the ideas. The bearing kit is part# SP4 from Global West and @ $160 for the kit they are not cheap bearings!! If I go out on the street I can just tighten up the QA1 shocks and the ride will be normal!! The best of both worlds!!

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69maverick
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posted 01-27-2004 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that you have the bearing kit do you think this bearing is made for this arm or is it something off the shelf?

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CometGT1974
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posted 01-27-2004 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a "universal" type kit, it's actually listed for a 62-67 Nova. The holes have to be reamed out slightly and a new sleeve welded in. Then the bearing is pressed in and a retaining ring is pressed in to keep the bearing in place.

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