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I have a 72 dart with super stock springs and I'm not liking the ride height out back. I was wondering what changes you 've made to get the car to sit lower. I will be seeing some track time and don't know if they will allow lowering blocks? Or, can I take some of the leafs out (I have 6 on right side, 5 on left)? Or last but not least how bout monoleafs? If I need to get new springs I was thinking about getting monoleafs and adding caltraks with sliders later on. How much are monoleafs and who is the best place to get them from? Would mono's make the cars rear sit lower? Hope some of you can give some assistance with this?
 

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I would try adjustable spring hangers... you can get them for the front or rear.  I've got AREngineering front hangers, and with the spring in the upper position, it lowered the rear by about an inch at the wheel well.  The rear shackles I have are also adjustable, made by Prothane, but I'm not using them in the lowered position.  To me, it eyeballs like there isn't enough travel and might bind the spring, but I have NOT tried this to verify.  I was a little disappointed also that the "stock" setting is a tad HIGHER than the shackles I removed, so I didn't get as much drop out of the front hangers as I might have otherwise.  AREngineering and DoctorDiff both make adjustable front hangers, and DoctorDiff's also have about 1/2" offset to them, too.  You'll have to relocate your spring perches if you go that way, though.

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I ordered split mono leafs and cal-tracs from pro carb or promaxcarb or something like that. When I ordered both springs and cals shippingwas free. You can order the springs stock height, 1, 2, 3 inches higher or whatever you like. I ordered mine +1 inch and work fine. I also lost about 40 pounds off the car from the stock springs. (69 Roadrinner) If you run the cal-tracs, don't run the pinion snubber. You can also get springs from afco and some other places. They're not very expensive. You may also try removing leafs from your S/S springs and adding cal-tracs.
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bOb shingler said:
how about lowering blocks. cheap too.
That's what I have in my 65. They're about 1 1/4 inch thick. The car sits low and looks like it would bottom out but never does.
 

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Whenever I get my 70 back to the track I wanted to go with monoleafs and caltracks. A lot of guys are having good luck with that setup.
 

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I have successfully run 2 inch lowering blocks, but if you want the best method, why not just take them to a spring shop and have them de-arched. Removing leaves would ruin the front section stiffness which makes the ss springs work.
 
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I have a 72 dart with super stock springs and I'm not liking the ride height out back.  I was wondering what changes you 've made to get the car to sit lower.   
YOu best bet to start is to instal sliders in plcae of your rear shackles. It will lower the car 1.5" approx. Caltadcs will get you more if needed.
 

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ThanX for the help. I guess I should have mentioned I already mini tubbed and did a spring relocation into the frame so I can't flip the front hanger. Can you still use cal-tracs with springs moved into the frame rails or do the front boxes get into the way?
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I have successfully run 2 inch lowering blocks, but if you want the best method, why not just take them to a spring shop and have them de-arched. Removing leaves would ruin the front section stiffness which makes the ss springs work.
I didn't think removing leaves would be a good idea so that's out. Do you have any pics of the ride height with 2" lowering blocks? I've been working like crazy on the dart and finished a few patches and replaced a quarter panel. I stretched my wheel openings so I can stuff taller tires in. The cars stripped to bare metal and I hope to start spraying it within 2 weeks! Just getting everything straight right now is soooooo time consuming. After the paint is done I'll be able to throw some cash into getting the ride height better.
 

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I don't have any pics with the lowering blocks since I removed them. I made my own from 2x2 square tubing, with a hole drilled in the bottom for the spring pin and a bolt installed in the top as a locating pin for the saddle. You have to also be careful that nothing extends lower than the bottom of the rim in case of a flat tire.
 
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