The Speedster that I just built has a very rough ride. If I adjust the number of spring leafs, which ones should I take out and how many?
Hal, none from the front. I took two back ones out of my full bodied speedster and put one back. It was too bouncy, like slops in a bucket.
Others may differ.
Allan from down under.
I removed a leaf from my rear spring. In short, it made the car dangerous and I nearly got in a bad accident. As Allan says, it makes the car bouncy.
Invest your efforts in better seat springs.
(Maybe if you took out a rear leaf AND used good shock absorbers you might be o.k.)
For what it's worth, old # 4 has 7 leaves in the front and 8 in the rear. As for details and facts, they are original tapered leaf springs. The rear springs have been bent near the outer end (See picture) for lowering. Tapered leaf springs are a little springier than the later square leaf. It's still hard riding! About 15 years ago, being tired of the hard riding I removed a leaf. As others have already said It was horrible! At around 70 MPH I was all over the road and hanging on for dear life. I put the leaves back in, adjusted the Hartford shocks and was back to normal. Normal is, at 80+ MPH (if my tires are really round with no high spots)it holds the road well and I feel like I have full control. Hardly anyone else is going to drive there speedster that fast, but I'm just stating some facts.
Ed aka #4
I agree with Ed A 7 leafs in the front and 8 in the back
I remove #3 sping leaf from the top
I have done 7 on each end but found 6front 7 back
To start the bounch
Thank's again. I guess I'll put up with the ride...I'm thinking of adding a bag or two of sand??