caltracs and ss springs?

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  1. mygasser

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    hi all, earlier this year i bought a set of caltracs for my 68 valiant at a swapmeet. i intended using the stock leaves. i've now decided to go with ss springs and bought the 2800lb ones.
    my question is will i still need the caltracs for anti tramp or will the ss springs be enough?
    cheers, neil.
     
  2. famous bob

    famous bob mopar misfit

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    from what I`ve read , ur not supposed to run them together , better with used springs and caltracs ----------??
     
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    • mygasser

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      thanks for that, i'm sure i'd read before not to run them together but i wanted confirmation. i'd rather run the ss springs and sell the caltracs, i only gave £150 and they're brand new so i won't lose money on them.
      cheers, neil.
       
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      I had SS springs and snubber on the Duster. Then we went to Calvert springs and bars. I didn't notice a difference except for the body lift with the SS springs was much greater. Traction was comparable. It was only a 10 sec. car.

      We are now going to Calverts again on the new 7.50 car. We sold the other set to someone with a 4 spd. Demon. They work but he complains of the rattle of the bars on the street.
       
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      yes the rattle was another thing i'd heard about. just ss springs it is then.
      thanks guys, neil.
       
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        I've used both and I would rather put up with the noise instead of the buckboard ride withj SS springs
         
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          yellow rose Master Of Insanity

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          Keep the Cal Tracks and sell the SS springs.

          You’ll NEVER see a fast leaf spring car with SS springs.
           
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            Yep !Ss springs work but all the fast guys have mono leafs and cal Tracks or assasin bars.
             
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            too late, caltracs sold. decision made :lol:
            i don't mind a bit harsher ride as i'll be towing a caravan some of the time and i have the 2800lb springs not the 3200lb ones so not as bad as it could've been. it may never see a dragstrip so every last 10th isn't important to me.
            cheers, neil.
             
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            • famous bob

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              I have the full caltrac system , mine rattled on the drivers side , had a hair of clearance on it , w/ the pass. side preloaded about 1 turn-static position/no driver.
              Yesterday I finally got around to taking the slack out of the drivers side , made the car drive better on the street , didnt rattle , and stopped the instant pull to the right when I first take off ,< that should have been a tip off, but I ant too bright sometimes !
              Another surprising thing is front to rear weight using a mag. force tubular front end , 16 pounds can make a hell of a bunch of diff. in how the coil over front end handles . Might not go back to the orig. front end now , dont have room for the torsion bars anyway .
              All u nay sayers on mag.force front ends wont agree, but I have had mine in use for about 10 yrs now , all the dislikes have been in adjustments , and I could have a couple more degrees of caster in it , but alinment people around here (on old cars) are few and far between.
              I did build a pair of front struts for it , because of the only ''real'' IMG_0234 (2).JPG failure I `ve ever heard about was from a broken lower control arm rear bolt , the strut rods just re inforce that situation a hair .
               
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