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I am after lowering my dart a little to help weight/power transfer, my car has SS springs inboarded and i'm thinking of making new front shackles with 2 holes, 1 set about 1.5" higher than present.
Has anyone done this, pics would be nice. I was going to copy the mancini ones.
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From my experience, if you do this you should raise the rear of the spring too. By just raising just the front of the spring you will change the angle of the front segment and, again, from my experiece, you will be closer to a wheel hop situation, especially at that power level. Thats the way it worked for me when I ran leaf springs. Good luck.
 

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also if you raise one end too far it might mess with your pinion angle, you could also try lowering blocks, im not sure if that would help the weight transfer, im not a chassis specialist....yet
 

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You can raise the front of the spring and adjust the pinion angle with wedges. It would be best to raise the rear also. Lowering blocks are ok if you keep them below an inch, otherwise they work the spring like a lever and wrap them up more.
 

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This is what Jim Caughlin(national record holder)fabricator to my 67 Dart.Moved springs into framerails mini tubbed wheelwells and welded spacers under the axels where the spring hangers go.Jim did alot more than what I listed.,It seemsto work as the car 60 ft in the 1.5 range on a 11.50 car
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Rear shackles are throiugh the frame rail, i had another look at the front hanger and it's as high as can go without cutting the frame rail further, i am going right through the car to try and shoot for the tens this year. I am looking at the spring sliders, they drop it at least an inch and i was thinking of 27" front runners to lift the front more in line with the back.
My 60 ft's are rubbish, i have just fitted ce 3 ways for the front and i'm putting ranchos on the back, i've also got a new 8" dynamic, to replace the "j" convertor, which was too tight for my combo and i'm having some eddy's ported which are replacing the steel heads and i'm thinking of running anothe fuelr pump.
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  I also have put my front spring eye as far up as i can and still want my 67' Barracuda lower in the back, so I just had these made on a friends mill two days ago. I had to incorporate a 6 degree angle into these blocks, I told my friend I think there could be a small market for these. I was thinking of putting some lightening holes in these but decided theres no better place for the weight.

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I just Installed new XHD springs in my 73 swinger. I noticed that the front spring mounts could be turned upside down to achieve approxmately 1-2" of drop. Will this affect the pinion angle too much?

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Yeah, turning the front hanger upside down is a great low buck trick. You may have to adjust the pinion angle with shims. I think Competition Engineering makes a wedge pack.
 

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Apparently, if you flip the front hangers, you should put them on opposite sides.
I'm not too crazy on blocks also, if i have to reset the pinion angle, i may cut the pads off and reweld them..
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Are you on about spacers under the spring clamps
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Welded spacers under axels where they meet the springs and u-bolt connect.Lowered rear about 3 inches.Adjust pinion angel as close as you can get it before welding.Worked on the 67 dart.
 

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NYRR496 said:
Yeah, turning the front hanger upside down is a great low buck trick.

The spring hangers can't be turned upside down unless the holes are drilled out oversize. the stud pattern on the hanger is not square.
 

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I flipped mine and dropped the car about 3/4 of an inch, No wheel hop.... Yes your need to open up the holes because they are not a square flange pattern.
 
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