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3800SC swap...suspension ideas?? by knarfluna
Started on: 05-23-2015 02:56 PM
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Report this Post05-23-2015 02:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for knarflunaClick Here to Email knarflunaSend a Private Message to knarflunaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
My swap was just completed...runs great.

with the added weight heres what Im looking for....

1...return to stock height
2...return to stock spring rate or a bit stiffer

If anybody has ideas...Im sure many of you have tested various set ups....my first instinct is coilovers...and would 300lb/in be a good spring rate?

Thanks
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Report this Post05-23-2015 03:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FIEROPHREKSend a Private Message to FIEROPHREKEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Coil overs yes. I've read somewhere here that stock spring rate in the rear is 350 lbs.
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Report this Post05-23-2015 04:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for cmechmannClick Here to Email cmechmannSend a Private Message to cmechmannEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
What were you swapping from. 4 cylinder or 2.8.
I had swapped from a 2.8 TH125 to a 3800 SC with 4T60e. In an 85GT
The added weight from the engine and transmission ended being around 72 lbs. Lost another 8 lbs by being able to get rid of the 2.8's huge starter.
With the gross weight change being about 65 lbs, the ride height only changed about 3/4 inch.
Now if you had originally had a 2.5 with no A/C in a coupe and then went to a 3800, I could see more of a drastic change. But you could always go to GT automatic with A/C springs.
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Report this Post05-23-2015 04:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for knarflunaClick Here to Email knarflunaSend a Private Message to knarflunaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had 2.5 w/AC...so yeah I feel the weight...especially on the steering..I just want to level it out..and maybe a bit stiffer rate
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Originally posted by FIEROPHREK:

(snip) stock spring rate in the rear is 350 lbs.


That would be wrong.......

[This message has been edited by olejoedad (edited 05-23-2015).]

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Report this Post05-23-2015 07:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis LaGruaClick Here to Email Dennis LaGruaSend a Private Message to Dennis LaGruaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I started with a 2.8L auto and now have a 3800SC w 4T65eHD. I have not noticed any drastic change in handling or ride height but I do have the large front and rear Addco anti-sway bars. Traction is excellent with 225/45 x 17 tires in the rear.

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went from 2.8 /auto to 3800SC/4t65e-Hd, No ride height change, untill installed coil overs (250 lb rating).
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I bought 10" tall 325lb Summit springs for my Fiero. My 3800 Series 2 Turbo with the 4T60-E trans is probably on the heavy side (weighing in slightly more than a 3800 Series 2 SC / 4T65-E conversion, due to the extra piping/turbo hardware). I lost no ride quality vs. OEM Fiero GT rear springs I had, but handling was much improved over the OEM GT springs.

Here's a great thread about the subject: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/118751.html

-ryan

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