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reading spring rates

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by blackice90HB, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. blackice90HB

    blackice90HB Senior Member

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    how are spring rates read? well, i know what they say, but i dont know exactly what they mean?
     
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    [insert lightning in a bottle pic] lol

    seriously what are you asking?
    are you trying to figure out what your spring rates are? what are the numbers on your springs? what kind of springs? need more info.
     
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    Springs are measured by their spring constant in either lbs/in or n/m. If you know any basic physics you know that F=kx, where F is the force, k is the spring costant and x is the amount the spring is compressed.

    This means that if you have a 300lb/in spring on your car, that for each inch it is compressed it will push up with a value of 300lbs. Therefore, 1 inch = 300lbs, 2in = 600lbs, etc.
     
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    im just asking in general, not for any specific type of springs. it was something i didn't know that i need to.


    so if you get springs with higher rates, then it will be stiffer because it would require more weight to make the spring compress?

    :unsure: :wacko:
     
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