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 Post subject: coilovers...springs?
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:21 pm 
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I was working in the shop and noticed the vega is leaning,I measured the wheel lip at all four corners and the fronts were the same but the rears the driver side is 1 3/8" higher so

I measured the bottom of the coilover to the floor both the same

I measured bottom of coilover to bottom of spring seat and both were the same

I measured the spring length at ride height 8 3/8" passenger 9" driver

I set up the ladder bars with no preload originally,do you think preload has crept in,a spring is going bad,or a broken mount(i doubt this though)


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 Post subject: Re: coilovers...springs?
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:06 pm 
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If you sit in it it may measure the same :-k

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:32 pm 
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I agree with Barry on the sit in it. Ride height does not always relate to wheel weight as you would think.

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 Post subject: Re: coilovers...springs?
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:21 pm 
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I understand what you guys are saying but I set it up with everything neutral and the coilovers even,so im afraid something is wrong or something adjusted itself,could the car hurt the springs?


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Are you sure the floor is level??? Sure the spring could have sagged some. If you set it up with no preload and now it has some something moved..But it may have some preload if one spring sagged.. It may not be the rear spring that's bad :-k

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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:27 am 
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A ladder bar system acts like a giant sway bar. If the chassis was setup level to begin with, it should be damn near that now even if one spring has gotten softer. It might move just a tad off level but I wouldn't think it would have moved as much as his has.

Yeah, I'd be getting that thing up off the floor, level it up off the chassis and start looking for something bent, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: coilovers...springs?
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:45 am 
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thanks guys that is my new weekend project,I am also going to pull the springs and see if they are the same height at rest.
I looked for something bent/broken and I did not see anything and I looked at the adjusters on the ladder bars to see if the adjustment was close side to side and it is


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Did you find anything?

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 Post subject: Re: coilovers...springs?
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:54 am 
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No,I removed both coilovers and switched them side to side and set the car back on the floor and the measurements were the same as before.
I wondered if the battery being in the back passenger corner could cause the fuel in the tank to move over to that side possibly causing some of the lean,it has about 8 gallons of fuel in it and the battery is about 40 pounds...just guessing.

I got under the car and checked every weld and found nothing and I measured everything I could find that seemed relevant and found no differences so I am at a loss


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 Post subject: Re: coilovers...springs?
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How about the frontend? Something not moving free like control arm bushings could cause it too even tire pressure and the way the front wheels are positioned. Just some idea's.

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There is a good article in thew new Chevy High Performance on coil overs.

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 Post subject: Re: coilovers...springs?
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:12 pm 
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Jody,you bring up a point that I wondered about,the front wheel lip on both sides measures the same but the rear is different...it seems that if the rear was leaning the front would be leaning the same or the opposite front corner would be down :-k

It cant be the coilovers because when I switched them the lean stayed the same,so it has to be something different,preload would explain it but it is not there or at least not enough for this much lean


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