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Old 06-03-2019, 08:18 PM   #1
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Working toward putting a spring pocket kit in my 55 over the next few weeks. I have also purchased a set of stock 5 leaf springs to replace the original springs. I am going to cut and radius the wheel wells. My question is should I try and compensate for any future relaxation/sag in the new springs when I do the wheel well radius? Should some relaxation be expected? If so, how much? I do not want to say have a nice 3" gap around the wheel today and a year or so down the road the rear has dropped and inch and the radius is out of proportion.

Also, should I add any weight to the car when cutting the radius? Car is just a body, no interior, etc. at the moment.

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My first question is:
With no weight on the suspension how are you going to initially establish that "perfect" 3" gap?
New springs will always ride higher then worn out originals so you need to establish the new ride height before cutting out too much... Adding weight to approximate the finish curb weight is your only option. Even then the springs will settle a bit when you start driving it.
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I do not want to say have a nice 3" gap around the wheel today and a year or so down the road the rear has dropped and inch and the radius is out of proportion.

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I think it would look best if you duplicate the Nomad wheel well. The front wheel well opening is not a complete arc. Unless you have a 150, a complete arc will be above the trim.

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You can get the panels from Woody's and make the job a whole lot easier on your self....See link:http://www.woodyshotrodz.com/Golden-...-qp13-55wa.htm

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My first question is:
With no weight on the suspension how are you going to initially establish that "perfect" 3" gap?
New springs will always ride higher then worn out originals so you need to establish the new ride height before cutting out too much... Adding weight to approximate the finish curb weight is your only option. Even then the springs will settle a bit when you start driving it.
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My thoughts exactly. Just have to estimate the weight before cutting.
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Thanks for the articles. You had emailed me a couple a few months ago. I will see if there is any thing new.

I do have a set of the radius panels. The issue is they do not fit my wheel/tire combo--28". The panel is not a true arc, they gradually taper straighter. I was thinking of cutting two panels to make the opening larger. I think this may work. I have to done some more measuring and marking though. I would cut and raise the panel where the radius starts to taper.

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