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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 09, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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How much rake looks best & how to measure?

Tires are 28" tall all around.

Right now my front looks to be about 2" lower than back, but I'm not clear on where to measure?

Using a 4' level, it's a little more than a full bubble lower in front.

No room in garage to take a decent pic. & car won't be started until Spring.

Bottom of body outside frame to floor at max. distance between wheels is: Front 10" Rear 11.25"

Front springs are about a 2" drop & pretty stiff at about 555#

I put in rear springs about 25 years ago & think they are some sort of HD or Cargo Carriers.

I just tried a set of Black Magic 11" 175# in the rear, but that was too low, I will guess about 1" lower than front. Might look good with 1.5" stools?

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Re: How much rake looks best & how to measure?

What year? Also keep in mind if you have a slope to the floor of the garage, my 65' sits about 3/4-1" lower in the front, any more and the tail looks to be sitting too high.
The 68-72 cars seemto be able to get away with more rake as the tail is more rounded.

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Re: How much rake looks best & how to measure?

You can get away with 2" of rake on a MC, they look good dropped all the way around with 10" wheels and skinnies on the front also.

I have had several Monte's through the years.

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Re: How much rake looks best & how to measure?

Ask 100 people and get as many answers--YOU are the one that should know what you like, how can someone else decide for you? Some people like nose up, some down, some level--depending on the vehicle, I like all of them. We build altered wheelbase 60's style cars with sky high, nose up stances, but my personal stuff is usually low and nose down. My 64 Chevelle wagon is going to be nosebleed high and level.
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Ask 100 people and get as many answers--YOU are the one that should know what you like, how can someone else decide for you? Some people like nose up, some down, some level--depending on the vehicle, I like all of them. We build altered wheelbase 60's style cars with sky high, nose up stances, but my personal stuff is usually low and nose down. My 64 Chevelle wagon is going to be nosebleed high and level.

I always wanted to build my 63 Nova wagon into a 60s altered.

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Re: How much rake looks best & how to measure?

Where are you putting that level? I don't know of any flat spots to put a level. As far as rake goes I would start by putting a shorter tire on the front. 28" tis awful tall, most are around 26". a 2-3" drop looks good to me if the wheel wells are filled evenly.


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Re: How much rake looks best & how to measure?

Level along bottom of body outside frame under door.

I could put 2 of my new Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 245/45ZR17 on the front. 25.7" tall.

I don't know how it would handle with the rears: Falken ZIEX S/TZ-01
275/50/r17 28" tall.

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I know that what counts is "when it looks best to me"

I guess by the lack of answers on "how to measure drop" that there must not be a consensus or standard method.

Searching for: crossmember ground clearance provides information.

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I like zero rake, completely level best. Measure with a level along the bottom of your door. That is the correct answer. (Or is it?)
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Re: How much rake looks best & how to measure?

I always measure from the wheel lip straight down thru the center of the axle/spindle to the level ground...as perpendicular to the ground as possible.
Depending on the car, this method will measure anywhere from 23 to 27 inches.

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I always measure from the wheel lip straight down thru the center of the axle/spindle to the level ground...as perpendicular to the ground as possible.
Depending on the car, this method will measure anywhere from 23 to 27 inches.
I use this method to verify I have an equal drop from side to side also... this can be a problem if you didn't index your springs in the LCAs properly... forgot how many shims you used on your SPC LCAs... adjusted your speedway adjusters wrong, or one slipped while installing... the list goes on and on. Nothing worse while trying to work on your stance, you have a nasty lean as well.

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