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Coil over shocks for the rear of my Sebing 5000

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Coil over shocks for the rear of my Sebing 5000 Empty Coil over shocks for the rear of my Sebing 5000

Post by gj on Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:19 pm

I am thinking about installing some adjustable coil over shocks in the rear of my Sebring 5000 . Has anyone done this ? What units did you use? Any problems?

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Coil over shocks for the rear of my Sebing 5000 Empty Re: Coil over shocks for the rear of my Sebing 5000

Post by Hotrod on Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:20 pm

I'm not sure you would gain anything by adding coil overs to a 5000.  The leaf springs on the rear are still going to be locating the rearend and even if you remove leaves they will still need to be stiff enough to do the locating. This will leave little room for tuning with coil overs. I have a 5000 and resorted to building a 3 link rear suspension to replace the leaf springs.  

Now if you just want some adjustability, you could add some adjustable shocks without the coil over option. Check out Viking shocks.  They have some that are adjustable for both rebound and compression.  Their prices are not bad for adjustable shocks either.

There are some improvements that could be done to make the 5000 better.  Like adding some type of traction bars and eliminating the oversize rubber bushings in the spring eyes.  In the end though, leaf springs are a poor choice for a sports car even if many old sports cars had them.  The Mustang II leafs in the 5000 are especially poor, because they were cheap when the cars were built and were engineered for smooth ride in an economy car, not performance.  Classic Roadsters did offer a 3rd link type of traction bar for the 5000, but it required welding a bracket on the 8" Ford MII rearend.
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