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I have a 1983 Chevy S10. I have just recently put a Chevy small block 350 in
it. My problem is, is that my shocks and springs in the front do not
 support the wait of the motor.


5/12/2009

I have a 1983 Chevy S10. I have just recently put a Chevy small block 350 in
it. My problem is, is that my shocks and springs in the front do not
 support the wait of the motor. How and with what can I fix that problem? And 
how would I make my rear springs and shocks not as stiff so that say when I 
take off it transfers the wait from the front to the back. Right now it does not and all I manage to do is spin tires for quite a distance before
 I regain traction.
 
Ok, where do we start? My first question is you planning to drive this on the road? If so, the answers will be more difficult as you will never get a smooth or comfortable ride. However, several problems can be solved on the front suspension with some slight modifications. First go and get a stiffer and larger spring from a full-size Chevy truck.  Most likely you will have to get shocks that are longer and that is easy enough once you find the full travel of the shock needed.

Actually with the newfound horsepower, you will need to find a latter bar set up so that the body will bite to the rear axle and the tires will hook up. Another not so easy solution will be to put wider and taller tires on the front and rear.  I would put at least 15-inch wheels and tires. Also, anything you can do the put more weight in the back to balance the weight load.

If you are racing on the strip then, that will bring a whole bunch of question to the table.

Gerald Wheelus
Edgewood Auto Parts #253
Edgewood, Texas













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