August 18, 2004Does anyone have any experiences with ladder bar rear suspensions with coilovers on anything other than a strip car? I've read a couple of articles that say ladder bars with coilover shocks are better suited to the track than the street......
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August 19, 2004I'd think it would hold the tire to the road a little better, stiffer in other words. So I don't think it'd give the smoothest ride on the street?! Correct me if I'm wrong.
August 19, 2004From what I've read, I don't know that it is a ride quality issue as much as they say most ladder bars don't let the axle housing roll and flex as much as a conventional susp. Alston's chassisworks ladder bars supposedly have big urethane bushings up front that have a little more forgiveness when you pull up into things like steep driveways and such.
August 22, 2004Why not use a 4 link rear suspension. I know that hooks up better and has a nice ride.
August 22, 2004Still trying to decide!! You know the old dilemma...cost vs function. I don't know much about suspensions, but seems to me that there's not much difference between the ladder bars and the 4 link other than price and adjustability. I don't need the adjustability of the 4link like a guy on the track does......just want a better ride than the leaf springs give. Chassisworks has a nice ladder bar set up for around $600....best deal I can find on 4link package is around $850.
August 23, 2004If ride is what you want we sell a nice rear suspension kit with a Corvette center section. But, it's a lot more than $850. Just go to www.boydcoddington.com. If your not planning on racing, there is nothing wrong with a leaf spring rear. I run that on my '74 Chevy and it actully rides very nice. If I had to choose between a ladder bar or 4-link setup though I would run the 4-link. I always try to think ahead, and, you never know, you may get the each to take it down the track. What I would do to answer your question is go to some car shows and ask guys with those types of suspensions their opinions. There is a Goodguys show in Pleasenton this weekend, that would be a great place to start.
January 27, 2007If your truck has leaf springs now you can use the front mounting point and build track arms out of tube steel however, the longer you make the track arms the smother the ride. So i would make them around 42 inches or so for a truck. Just be sure to box in the frame mount for strength. I have used this setup on t-buckets, a 40' Ford coupe, a 51' Ford F1, and even my own circle track modified. It allows use of coil springs, you just have to add a panhard bar to stabilize the rear axle. I always use 2*1/2 inch sch.40 pipe on the front of the track arm and use leaf spring bushings from the vehicle bieng modified to make a very forgiving pivot point which helps make a nice ride. To mount the track arm to the axle, just use weld on mounting plates for ladder bars and make or buy plates for the back of the track arm to match. It is a very easy build and is just as maintenance free as the factory suspension. E-mail me with your mailing address and I can mail you a sketch and specs on the track arm if this sound like a good setup for you.