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Username Post: Anyone use RideTech leaf spring in pocket kit?        (Topic#358734)
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Loc: San Diego, CA, USA
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11-07-19 10:38 AM - Post#2779730    

Hi all,

Looking to do a RideTech Street Grip system on my '55 210 4 door wagon and wanted to find out if anyone has used the RideTech leaf spring in a chassis with a pocket kit installed?

I called RideTech and they could not say 100% it would work and do not know of anyone who has done it.

I want to use this kit but am debating if I am going to narrow the 8.8 rear end for some deeper offset wheels (love the look). From what I have read, the narrowed rear will not work with the stock spring locations due to caliper clearance.


Mike Schwartz aka chevymike Don't outlaw high performance cars... Outlaw low performance drivers

Edited by chevymike on 11-07-19 10:39 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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11-14-19 01:02 PM - Post#2780154    
    In response to chevymike

The width of the Ride Tech spring is the issue.
Will they fit inside the pocket?
If they do, what amount of weight will they support?
I do not have any weight load information on stock springs.
5-6-7 rear leafs are ~2" wide.
It is not necessary to narrow the rear axle in some cases, but the spring pads must be moved.
Moving the leaf springs alone limits tire width to no more than what you have now. Due to the stock wheel tub location.
Moving the wheel tubes alone really does not help either because you are limited to the location of the leaf springs.
There is some debate at how wide a stock set up is limited too, which is about a 275/60/15 tire which would not fit on my car but a 265/60/15 would.
Pocket kit tubs takes you about 13" wide tire where all stock is about 9"
But you are asking about leaf springs, 2" wide springs all that will work, but if you back half the car the sky is the limit. But I order to get that deep dish rim, you must do all three.

VC56S 2 door Sedan, 39 Years

Edited by Bad56Sedan on 11-14-19 01:35 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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