I originally set the shocks to this height on the bench:http://www.pangalacticconsortium.com/te ... 18-173.JPG
Then after I tried lowering it after installing the right front (it is the left front that has the stuck original shock) I discovered that it was too low and had to remove it and reset it on the bench. I changed the right front shock to this height on the bench:http://www.pangalacticconsortium.com/te ... 18-184.JPG
(by the way, why does the new shock have that threaded extension welded to the shaft? The original one did not have it).
I then installed this right front and found that I was able to lower the car without it being too low (just in the ball park, do real adjustment later). After that I tried setting the two rear springs to this height. I was assuming that to make the car the same height all around that the spring perch should be about the same on all corners to start. However, the rear spring is longer (because it has a softer spring rate) so there was not enough adjustment range. In stead of 16 turns I was only able to turn it 9 turns (and I had to try pretty hard to crank it that far).Am I correct about these two things:1)
you should never try and screw it beyond the point that it buts up against the spring (in other words, you can only screw it into the available extra space between the spring perch and the spring up to the point at which the spring fits exactly in the available space? I tried cranking it beyond that point (which means I should loosen it a little). This did not happen in the front because the spring is shorter.2)
Since the rear spring is a lot softer than the front spring, it will not be necessary to screw it the same number of spring perch threads to get it to the same height. If the spring rate is half as much, I might only need to screw it half as many threads because the car will sink further down as the softer springs compress under the weight of the car. This means that if the front is screwed in 16 threads that I might only need 8 threads in the rear to get it to the same height. I think that I tried to make them the same which does not make sense unless the spring rate was the same. Is this correct?
You can see from this picture of the right rear shock drooping, that at 9 threads there is no extra room (I have already torqued it tight against the threads - probably need to loosen it a little so that i don't damage the aluminum):http://www.pangalacticconsortium.com/te ... 18-177.JPG
this is not a good picture but you can see what the height looks like in the rear:http://www.pangalacticconsortium.com/te ... 18-181.JPG
This might not be a useful picture because the left front still has stock springs which will make the right side a little low.