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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Is anyone running the heavier spring rates 475,275lbs on their 2 seater? If so how does it ride?
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Is anyone running the heavier spring rates 475,275lbs on their 2 seater? If so how does it ride?
That seems similar to some i-shock setups. Is this on stock suspension??

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eating popcorn,, I have these shocks so i figured i would tune in and learn something.

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Yes it is a stock. What im getting at is eversince I put these on it lowered the car about 3" I hit everything on the bottom now. I have turned the preload up but, acts kind of wierd. I am adding a winch,spare tire and a few other things I didnt know if that would be enough to justify the heavier springs.

I am also thinking with the heavier springs it would help with the ride height.

Is my thinking way off?
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Your not thinking way off at all. The problem is what rate? Right? Here is a way to figure out what you need. Regardless of what spring rate you now have, but you need to know what the spring rate and the free length is, jack up the car, reduce all the preload to "0" preload on both shocks. Let it down, move it forward and back some to let it settle. Make sure to add driver, passengers, cargo, etc. Now measure the length of the spring under load. Multiply the distance compressed by the spring rate and that will give you the static load per shock at ride height. Lets say it compressed 3" and you have 400lb. springs. Then there is 1200lbs. static load. Ideally you want about 1/2" to 1" of preload and the car to sit at approx. 25% with the short 5" shocks. That would be an additional 1.25". So 1200lbs. divided by 2.25 = 533.33 springs. Now the car will sit at the desired ride height with the normal load and the proper preload. This is only an example to show you how to determine what you need. FYI, with the AFCO's 2 seat rear springs are 300# to 325#, 4 seat/utility 350# usually to 400# for a guy that runs hard with 2 adults in the rear.
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I will do all that a see where I am.

Thanks for the help.
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Your not thinking way off at all. The problem is what rate? Right? Here is a way to figure out what you need. Regardless of what spring rate you now have, but you need to know what the spring rate and the free length is, jack up the car, reduce all the preload to "0" preload on both shocks. Let it down, move it forward and back some to let it settle. Make sure to add driver, passengers, cargo, etc. Now measure the length of the spring under load. Multiply the distance compressed by the spring rate and that will give you the static load per shock at ride height. Lets say it compressed 3" and you have 400lb. springs. Then there is 1200lbs. static load. Ideally you want about 1/2" to 1" of preload and the car to sit at approx. 25% with the short 5" shocks. That would be an additional 1.25". So 1200lbs. divided by 2.25 = 533.33 springs. Now the car will sit at the desired ride height with the normal load and the proper preload. This is only an example to show you how to determine what you need. FYI, with the AFCO's 2 seat rear springs are 300# to 325#, 4 seat/utility 350# usually to 400# for a guy that runs hard with 2 adults in the rear.
Is that rhino that heavy? I will check this method with mine also, the rears are only 200 and fronts are at 175. and it does not get very low at all.

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those seem really soft to me Rog.... i guess it all depends on your setup. Im running 225 up front and 325 on the rears... thats for my 2 seater..
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those seem really soft to me Rog.... i guess it all depends on your setup. Im running 225 up front and 325 on the rears... thats for my 2 seater..
Alot depends on the shock angles and ratios. So there should not be a blanket statement like that IMO, but I will check this method for sure.

Actually I had 250's on the rear it was kicking my ass.

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yup... your running the LSR kit?
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