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Old May 31st, 2006, 07:31 AM
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Need Help with Springs for an 88 Coil Truck

I am looking to get a set of stock springs from RDS for my Coil sprung 88 project. George says ther are several different color springs. How do I know which combination I will need? Any Help would be great.

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Old May 31st, 2006, 07:53 AM
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The colors relate to different part numbers, you can use a parts book to get the part numbers and then that will tell you the colors. Depending on what your set up is you'll need to mix and match. In a coil 88 keep the spring height pretty short as the rear driveshaft length is always and issue with the short wheelbase.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Mike, I PMed you. What color\part # do you recommend for my setup? Also, should I run matched springs in the back and in the front or should they be sided?
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Sorry, the way my books (and my head) work. I can tell you the color once I have the part #, but I don't know all the colors off the top of my head. I have a a lot of Rover part #s memorized, but not the color codes, sorry. I can look it up and get you part #s if you give me a few days.
My suggestion would be just get 4 crappy used springs and mock it up on those, then adjsut for height with new springs as needed once all the weight is on.
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You will want fairly light springs. For my 80in coil project I have some RRC fronts in front and probably D1 fronts in back as it looks like it will be scary high with RRC stock rears.
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I just ordered a set of stock d-90 springs from RDS...... I will see how it sets up.. I got the colors and part #'s from my parts book actually.
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Depending on engine and other weight factors, they will give a fair amount of lift to an otherwise stock 88. Once you figure out what is all going on there you might want to consider RRC rears for the back. They are lighter than D90 as the RRC has the BOGE unit. Not sure exactly how your designa frame works but on my 109 designa the mounts are a bit lower than a defender so it might actually work ok. On the 80in it is going to be really light and with the stock driveshft lengths will be difficult to use even stock springs. I may even have to go to DII fronts (inch shorter than DI) in front.
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Ron, you really think a 90 is that much heavier then an 88. I would think that the 90 springs will be a nice setup. The rear spring perches look a little higher then on the 90 frame from what I can see..
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My 88 coiler weighs 3750 lbs as per the transfer station scales. With Hard top, lift tailgate, and a 2.25.
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My 90 weighs ~3600 my series IIa weighed 2980 on the scale.
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Randy,

You will want a Tom Woods drive shaft as well since the series shafts slip splines are too short for a coilers suspension.
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Yeah. I will have to see with the back. I might even need a CV shaft. Have to check room first..
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