Springs revisited (again)

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Thu Mar 29 11:13:50 EDT 2007

On Mar 29, 2007, at 7:20 AM, Eric Huppert wrote:

> Okay Gents, this is always a hot topic, yet I haven't really  
> figured out a
> solution!
> Want to get springs for my 200 20V that DON'T lower it. Living in  
> upstate
> NY, (not in suburbia) I really want to keep my ground clearance for  
> the
> occasional snow storms (2 times 2 footers this year). Springs I  
> have are
> somewhat beat, little wishy washy in road dips etc, and don't  
> believe it's
> the struts. Going to be installing a tower brace, tires, and  
> alignment, so
> figure it's now, or way later. Would obviously do struts if replacing
> springs
Eric, Springs don't "get beat" with useage. The spring rate does not  
change, unless they break. Only the SRH changes because of time and  
load related stress relieving. This SRH reduction can easily be  
compensated for by shimming, adding rubber washers to the original  
shim. Struts do wear out, the rebound damping being the critical  
factor. An underdamped  rebound system will overshoot  the return to  
SRH, with tires tending to bounce off the pavement.  So, change the  
springs only if you wish to move to a different spring rate. Do  
change your shocks but they 2must match to the spring rate, over  
damped is not good either.

> Jim Rose had suggested possibly using S6 springs. Anyone have specs  
> for 200
> 20v vs. S6 springs? Have surfed quite a bit, haven't found anything  
> on stock
> or aftermarket spring specs. Would like a little stiffer, same  
> height, or
> close to it. Could possibly trim springs down without affecting  
> tempering
> (cut-off wheel, lots of cool water) if needed?
> Saw a set of S6 H&R's on the MP, maybe wouldn't drop 200 as much  
> due to
> weight difference?
> Thoughts? (okay, flame away!)
> Eric
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