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Post  chuck on May 6th 2015, 10:07 pm

I have a new project, putting a 557 in a gen 1 lighting. Never set a truck up, any advise on good suspension parts. It is a ladder bar rear.

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Post  bbf-falcon on May 6th 2015, 11:11 pm

Copperhead would be the guy to talk too. Smile

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Post  69F100 on May 6th 2015, 11:19 pm

I put a 4 link under my Ranger so can't give any info on the ladder bar
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Post  83-88T-Bird Guy on May 7th 2015, 10:13 am

bbf-falcon wrote:Copperhead would be the guy to talk too. Smile

^^ This.

Keith is the man to talk to.
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Post  514F-1 on May 7th 2015, 10:34 am

Biggest problem with trucks in drag racing is weight transfer. No matter what you do, you will never get real close to 50/50, they are all nose heavy. Good shock and springs in the front will help it transfer weight better..also, some weight in the bed can also help. M y truck is tube chassis, but it still is 60/40 nose heavy.
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Post  maverick on May 7th 2015, 11:12 am

The 514 Ranger was 58/42. Ladder bars, and transferred well. Wheels way up on launch....downtrack, not so good. Wink
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Post  dirt_worker on May 7th 2015, 5:22 pm

Too many people "assume" pickups are hadicapped by poor weight bias.
Ive heard it all...and frankly my experience says its not an issue at all.

My 3800 lb all steel f100 is getting low 1.40 60fts on leafsprings and 275 dragradials. Run 6.30s w a57% nose weight.
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Post  BigBlockRanger on May 7th 2015, 5:26 pm

Heck my Mustang is 59.5/40.5!
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Post  chuck on May 7th 2015, 6:08 pm

All input welcome. What's a good shock spring package,ie

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Post  Curt on May 7th 2015, 6:26 pm

Where did all of the pro stock Rangers go?
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Post  514F-1 on May 7th 2015, 7:13 pm

Awesome truck. The weight bias isn't really a handicap once you get it set up. One thing that we have found is that, once you have a truck setup, so that it will transfer weight, is that... When you get weight transfer, there is a lot of it...which is a good thing. Cool

dirt_worker wrote:Too many people "assume" pickups are hadicapped by poor weight bias.
Ive heard it all...and frankly my experience says its not an issue at all.

My 3800 lb all steel f100 is getting low 1.40 60fts on leafsprings and 275 dragradials. Run 6.30s w a57% nose weight.
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Post  maverick on May 7th 2015, 8:00 pm

Curt wrote:Where did all of the pro stock Rangers go?

To Top Sportsman and the Super classes?
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Post  dirt_worker on May 7th 2015, 8:02 pm

Like James has posted...fox bodys are heavier on the front percentage than alot of pickups and nobodys complaining about how poorly they work Smile
Point being theres just alot more too it than just weight bias....
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Post  whatbumper on May 7th 2015, 8:52 pm

Our really quick radial cars are well over 57-58%. Ladder bar, cal trac, 4 link all work

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Post  Copperhead on May 8th 2015, 8:04 am

chuck wrote:I have a new project, putting a 557 in a gen 1 lighting. Never set a truck up, any advise on good suspension parts. It is a ladder bar rear.

1.31,.....60'
5.89 (1/8th) / 9.33 (1/4)

Rear Suspension
36" S&W Ladder Bars,.... http://www.swracecars.com/store/LADDER-BARS-36-DOUBLE-ADJUSTABLE-WITH-MOLY-ROD-ENDS-OSCARItem_20=40-107.aspx

w/ POS Shock kit,..... http://www.swracecars.com/store/ProSeries-Shock--Spring-Kit-with--Springs--adjustable-rear-housing-brackets-OSCARItem_23=40-223-XXX.aspx


FWIW,...... I'm changing the Shocks over to a REAL set of Coil-Overs,.....because I'm WAY past their limit with my new engine.

Front suspension -
AJE set-up that replaces EVERYTHING up front.
It comes complete with K-Member, Aerospace or Willwood brakes & coil-over strut assy's.
It's NOT cheap.   Around 4k

Not listed on their website,....... but they've built a couple of dozen kits.   Call them,....and they'll know what you're talking about.





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Post  David Willingham on May 8th 2015, 9:56 pm

My truck is 52% front/48 rear. I don't know how it's going to work yet as it always breaks before I can even get down the track, lol. I fear it may not have enough weight on the front.
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Post  FalconEh on May 8th 2015, 10:25 pm

Too much HP, might have to put a camero in the box Razz
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