Originally Posted by milesp07
Thanks man...were you running the proma star or stocker star qa1's?
I ran the stocker star qa1's.
Originally Posted by doc350
The spring rate will only increase when compressed if it is a progressively wound spring.
Not saying the RideTech ones aren't progressive, just pointing that out.
I really like this setup. I was thinking about going this way, but I wasn't sure you could use the coilovers without the control arms from RideTech as well.
Good to know this works.
I know what you are talking about with progressive springs, the hyperco's are linear.
But I guess a better way of explaining it is how much the spring compresses when weight is added, with an 800# spring it takes 800#'s to compress the spring 1", so a softer spring rate with the same weight will compress more and if you compensate that difference with a longer spring it should at least put you back where it was.
I don't know haha, it might just be a backwards way to do things, just an idea I had.
Originally Posted by kretty
I can put coil overs on my 06? Can ya explain what i need to do in a nutshell? Please?
I would have never guessed that those two bolts on the control arm would be able to handle all the forces of a truck suspension.
Basically what texasglock23 said this is how I did it:
I pulled the tie-rod end and upper control arm off with a jack under to support the spring tension and let it out remove the old and bolt in the new.
The lower control arm is very beefy where the shock mounts to, and to answer your other thread RideTech has been using the upper spring pocket with the shockwaves for a long time and I haven't heard of any complaints with them, they use whats called a Delrin swivel ball, so it still has some movement and it eliminates side-loading (which I think is more for the shock but I'm sure it doesn't hurt the spring pocket, lets it move when the suspension is articulated).
It's like it was meant to be the derlin swivel ball fits in like a glove.
It sandwiches the shock tower in-between the ball mount.
Originally Posted by PaulyC
where are you guys getting your spring rates from? i used the ride tech calculator and they suggest anywhere from 600 to 700# springs depending on the type of driving you do. i was just about to order my set up but now you guys have me curious
Atomic has a better method than I do.
Those were the numbers I was getting with RT's calculator too but I figured some of the reg cab guys had 800# so I would start there and thought even that would be too soft for the added weight of an ext cab, and I was right, but its not too bad with it turned up a few turns, but obviously it raised the truck up a little.