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Old 05-01-2010, 09:05 PM   #281
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redo them and see what happens. I made sure to install everything correctly, and DID NOT take out the helper springs or any of that other bullshit, and ride at a reasonable height, mine work with absolutely no problems. Since december
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I just got done installing a set on the '92, as I'm keeping the FCM Bilstelins which were on it for the blue car.

I pulled the NA tophats from the blue car and used them with the racelands. Used the bumpstops and shims that came with the Raceland shocks, tossed the stock NA bumpstops. Trust me, there's nowhere near enough space in there to re-use the NA stops and the bumpstops that came with the shocks.

One thing I was impressed by was that the shock bodies on the Racelands are somewhat shorter than either the stock shocks or the Bilsteins. In the front, I measured the stock shocks that came out of the '90 at 13" from center of lower bolt to top of body, and the Bilsteins are the same. The Raceland fronts measured 12.75" however, so that's a quarter inch gain in travel. At the rear, the stockers from the '90 were 9.5", the Bilsteins were 9.25", and the Racelands were a mere 8.625".

One downside is that at the rear, the shock travel is internally limited. IOW, on all the other shocks, the rod is capable of being fully compressed into the shock so that nothing but the threaded portion is sticking out. The Raceleand rears bottomed out with a little bit of shaft still showing. So be very careful about installing these with cut-down bumpstops. Not that you'd need to- there's plenty of travel back here. I might suggest cutting down the front stops a tad, depending on your desired final ride height.

Here's the front, showing the position of the shock with the suspension compressed to a 13" ride height:



And the rear, same height:



(note that I tossed the 350# rear springs that came with 'em, and installed a pair of 7" 250# Eibach springs. They fit perfectly w/o the helper springs. At full droop they are still engaged, and yet they're clearly not going to bind at full compression. )


Now, one problem area was that in the rears, the housing around the lower mounting point is too wide. I had to grind it down in order to fit. Perhaps this is Bandit's problem? Here's an in-process shot, showing the area that needed grinding. this picture is taken looking straight up from the floor:


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(note that I tossed the 350# rear springs that came with 'em, and installed a pair of 7" 250# Eiback springs. They fit perfectly w/o the helper springs. At full droop they are still engaged, and yet they're clearly not going to bind at full compression. )
That's where my springs went!

Track impressions, please!
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Track impressions, please!
+1 + overall impression please
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That's where my springs went!

Track impressions, please!
I thought I told you what I was doing with 'em when I bought 'em?

Anyway, impressions... You're not going to get any feedback from the track here, as the red car is being prepped for sale. I've driven it a couple of days on the street, and I've been specifically trying to characterize its behavior on rough pavement and on state transitions (into a turn, out of a turn, etc.)

Basically, my impression mirrors that of others- I'm primarily surprised by how bad it isn't. A large portion of this, I imagine, is due to the shorter shock bodies giving the suspension a bit more room to do its thing. And I'm actually riding a tad lower that I used to be- there's one speed bump in particular that I dragged the whole underside of the vehicle across this morning. Typically, I can clear that speed bump if I go slow enough. (So I guess I need to raise the car a few turns.)

At any rate- when I'm really tossing it into a turn, there's definitely a difference in character vs. the Bilsteins. It's not at all uncontrollable, and I don't really know enough to express it in technical terms, it's just a bit different. Unless Shaikh or Emilio volunteer to come down here at drive it at Qualcomm next weekend, that's about the extent of the feedback you're going to get.

No shakes, rattles, or bad noises, though. Like I said, grinding the bottoms of the rear mounts was necessary, but apart from that I'm just running stock NA tophats with the stock white plastic insulating sheets between them and the body, plus the shims and bumpstops that came with the stocks.

FWIW, this particular spring rate (400F, 250R) is all kinds of win. The Eibach springs fit perfectly on the upper and lower rings that came with the Racelands.
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Sounds like that works quite well.


Who else has some more 250lb springs that need a home ? I'll buy them.
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Joe, that is by miles the best review of Ricelands I've ever seen. With your permission, I'm linking it into a similar thread on m.net

Btw, riceland's site states 425 ft/lbs front springs.

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This guy knows:

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On another note, I found a source for QA1 springs that are a little cheaper than summit.

streetsideauto.com
search for: QA1 7250

When I added two to my cart, I wound up with free shipping, I then found SSA5OFF coupon code which saved me another 3.79

Total from ssa is 71.97 whereas summit is 85.71 with shipping.

(there are also a bunch of other coupons if you plan to spend more)
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Joe, that is by miles the best review of Ricelands I've ever seen. With your permission, I'm linking it into a similar thread on m.net
Be my guest. I thought it was kind of terse, actually.

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Btw, riceland's site states 425 ft/lbs front springs.
For the NA kit, they claim 400. For the NB kit, 425. Both claim 350R.


Sidebar: while verifying this, I actually typed "riceland" into the Google search window. That name is pervasive. Turns out there are a hell of a lot of companies with that name (including a big agro conglomerate) however none of them seem to make cheap shocks.
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Why does Raceland no longer offer the NA coilover kit? I looked at the website like two weeks ago and they had them, but now they only offer the NB ones.
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I heard they ran out of stock from their China supplier. But you can still find them on eBay.
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son of a bitch. looks like im gonna have to dig on the forums for these
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I know alot of people install the NB hats in the earlier NA's for more shock travel, but does this NB raceland kit work with NA top hats?
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Doubtful.

The manner in which the shock attaches to the upper mount is somewhat different between the two. This is why you can't just take a complete NB upper mount and bolt it into an NA with NA shocks- it has to be modified, which is what FCM has packaged up and is selling as a commodity item.

OTOH, the NB package would work with standard NB mounts (not NB mounts that have been modified for an NA) just fine.
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Thats what I needed to hear. I might just get the unmodified NB hats then and try these cheapos! Thanks
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well joe...thanks for putting this up...but one thing, I am already fighting understeer here...softening the rear I dont think for me would be a good idea, although i am planning on getting some bars, what are you thoughts?

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then install a 2" tubular front sway bar, remove the rear bar, and then jack the front tire pressure up to 50psi
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umm...no
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then install a 2'' tubular rear sway bar, remove the front bar, and then jack the rear tire pressure up to 50psi
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