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Let's talk rear springs.

Postby ROB » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:18 pm

I see it recommended alot to use 3rd gen Camaro rear springs. Well I looked at the specs for the Vega, and it shows to have 140 lbs of force. Now the Camaro only has 107 lbs, but is longer. So using a calculator, with cutting down the Camaro springs, it comes out to 141 lbs,. So what am I missing? From what I see, the end result would be the same.

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Postby waybad » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:30 pm

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Postby cjbiagi » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:30 pm

Maybe availability? Although I can still get H body rear springs........
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby NVEGAR8D » Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:41 am

Hi,
i think the point of using the camaro springs was more to lift the rear just a bit for rake effect.
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby 283vega » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:10 am

Are they progressive? IE: get stiffer as they compress
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby ROB » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:36 am

No, I compared non-progressive to non-progressive.
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby peterpan » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:05 pm

i use them to raise the back up i have had them in three cars a 72/74/75 vega. and i use the rubber pads on the top side from the camaro allso.

this car has springs out of an 82 trans am with two set of the rubber pads stacked just to fit the 235-60x15. when i go to a smaller tire i will pull one set of the pads out.

i know it looks stupid in the front i have not done the 5 lug swap yet its in the works.
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Postby waybad » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:57 pm

235's won't fit?
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby peterpan » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:31 am

235-60x15 they fit but mine rub like crazy. on a hard launch or pulling in my off camber drive way. one of mine has almost cut threw the side wall.
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby 283vega » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:14 pm

Sounds like they dont fit, otherwise they wouldnt rub! :)
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby megavega » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:01 am

the tires fitting has EVERYTHING to do with the correct backspacing on the rims. tire has to be centered right/left -in out, in the wheel well opening. 235 will fit width wise no problem, I have 245's in the rear on 8 inch rims.


I have 3rd gen trans am rear springs in mine, but mine are multi rate ones, I dont know what the rates are but also used the rubber isolators because I cut them way down to get my car where I wanted it ride heigth wise.
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby my79monza » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:25 pm

megavega wrote:the tires fitting has EVERYTHING to do with the correct backspacing on the rims. tire has to be centered right/left -in out, in the wheel well opening. 235 will fit width wise no problem, I have 245's in the rear on 8 inch rims.


I have 3rd gen trans am rear springs in mine, but mine are multi rate ones, I dont know what the rates are but also used the rubber isolators because I cut them way down to get my car where I wanted it ride heigth wise.


And your backspacing is what?

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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby waybad » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:29 pm

megavega wrote:I have 3rd gen trans am rear springs in mine, but mine are multi rate ones, I dont know what the rates are but also used the rubber isolators because I cut them way down to get my car where I wanted it ride heigth wise.


which side did you cut them on,, the wide spaced or the tightly spaced coils? also
I have pm-ed you about the frame section that you had for me,, do you still have it?
if not, it's cool just getting started and if you don't have it I will start making repairs.
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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby BadBowtie » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:33 pm

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Re: Let's talk rear springs.

Postby megavega » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:27 pm

my79monza wrote:
megavega wrote:the tires fitting has EVERYTHING to do with the correct backspacing on the rims. tire has to be centered right/left -in out, in the wheel well opening. 235 will fit width wise no problem, I have 245's in the rear on 8 inch rims.


I have 3rd gen trans am rear springs in mine, but mine are multi rate ones, I dont know what the rates are but also used the rubber isolators because I cut them way down to get my car where I wanted it ride heigth wise.


And your backspacing is what?

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4.125" back spacing, rims are 4 inch backspacing out of the box, I then dusted .100" off back of rim pad and took another .025" off the drum face so its 4- 1/8" total. I had to make a bunch of small changes to get to the final dimension wanted, as the wheels are not availble in the right diemension unless custom ordered and the price was double.
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