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Has anyone put the rear end under the leaf springs (move the perches)? Right now my dart has the rear on top of the leafs. I want to raise the rear some. By doing this, the rear would be raised by 4". Right now the wheel well is even with the top of the wheel (rim). It looks like a lowrider right now. Not a look I like for a dart. I know I can buy new leafs, but I am wondering about the above modification. Will it pose any problems, and what might they be?
 

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It will raise the car way too much. It'll look like a 4x4. The sloping angle of the car will also cause severe oversteer and will deminish the steering wheel return do to the change towards negative caster in the front suspension.

Put some air shocks on it if you can't afford springs. Just don't take it up too far; it'll look stupid. Been there, done that in the teenage years.
 

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Would bolt on helper springs work to raise the rear end of the car?
 

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XHD A body rear leafs are only $175 at Mancini and will give you the rake you want. Probably give you a couple inches in height over stock. I think the axle under the springs might even be a little too much rake for Joe Dirt. ;D

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Check at a spring shop. They might be able to rearch your springs. Won't cost anything to ask.

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4" is way too much. My springs are pretty much done, also; I just picked up some helper coil springs (the ones that go between the axle tube and frame rail)at the parts store and threw those in for the time being. They work fairly well and the rear was raised probably a good 1"1/2 or so...
 

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Get some used leafs from another donor car, cut the mounting ends off the main leaf and slide it under your main leaf, making sure it is a little shorter than your main+ a little longer than your old #2 leaf. This should bring it up to stock ride height. If not use 1 of the other leafs from the donors. U will need a longer center bolt + longer u bolts.
 

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Thanks for all the info, everyon. Yea, I wondered if it would be too much. Nice dart, Bankerstoy!
 
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Bought the JC Whitney heavy duty leaf springs. Everything being said in this forum about them is true. Great springs and the ride is good. I have a 72 scamp and it sits a bit too high I was hoping that it would settle after a few days, but not so. Everyone says it sits too high, but it's about where bankerstoy sits. Very pleased, but want about 1 inch lower. I am ordering another set of the 4 leaf springs and looking to sell the 5 leaf heavy duty ones on the car now. A whooping 4 days on the car....brand new. Let me know if anyone is interested. javascript:void(0);
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installp said:
Bought the JC Whitney heavy duty leaf springs.  Everything being said in this forum about them is true.   Great springs and the ride is good.  I have a 72 scamp and it sits a bit too high  I was hoping that it would settle after a few days, but not so.   Everyone says it sits too high, but it's about where bankerstoy sits.   Very pleased, but want about 1 inch lower.   I am ordering another set of the 4 leaf springs and looking to sell the 5 leaf heavy duty ones on the car now.  A whooping 4 days on the car....brand new.   Let me know if anyone is interested. javascript:void(0);
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Give it a few hundred miles; they should drop a little.

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Old school.............screw it.................air shocks! -0*( ;D

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I am having trouble finding the heavy duty leafs on jc whitney. Installp, what was the part # for the heavy duty leafs? Are you going to keep yours? I have a 72 dart, on the jcwhitney website they dont show a heavy duty for mine.
 

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Easy and cheap fix- jack up car by the body until you have the car quite a bit higher than you want it to sit. Then install a couple spring clamps on the front of the leaves- stiffer front section helps launch and raises rear end- worked on mine!!
 
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