When bowtie6 was built the first time, we used coilovers on the rear suspension. A special bridge was made and welded to the frame to hold the top part of the coilovers and tabs were welded on the aluminium control arms to hold the lower part of the coilovers. This was nice, the horrible “lever shocks” used on stock TR6’s were removed and all was good.
We thought about using coilovers up front but the way the original Triumph frame is constructed did not allow for a very good placement. So instead, I used SPAX shocks with upgraded aftermarket “racing” springs. This setup worked quite well – but with a huge shortcoming. What shortcoming?
We all know factory Triumph TR6’s require the dreaded “spring compressor” to take the front suspension apart. This in itself is not a big deal (provided one uses the correct type of spring compressor), however the constant tension from the spring loads up the front suspension something fierce. This load forces the driver use great effort when turning the front wheels at parking lot speeds. What?? Well – until you drive a TR6 with coilovers you will have to take my word for it. With coilovers, one can turn the steering wheel with very little effort. Huge difference. Coilovers also allow the use of different spring rates. One can tune the suspension to his needs very accurately. Finally, one can control ride height very nicely with coilovers.
The downside is price. Good quality, rebuildable coilovers are not cheap. Sure, one can source coiloves from eBay or some half-quality supplier. Good ones will run you about $400 a pair. By the time you order the appropriate springs you can have $1000 a set. But they are worth it!
The following gallery show some pics of my coilovers mounted on the new frame. There are some pictures of the front as well as the rear suspension, with the solid axle. One interesting note: Take a look at the frame: there is nothing that hangs below the frame line.
Oh and the coilovers, yes, they perform as nice as they look!