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My hood ornament (and hence my front end) moves up upon slow and fast acceleration. I know it is normal for the front end to dive down under braking, but should be noticeable under acceleration. There's not as much displacement under acceleration as there is under braking, but I'd still like to hear if this is normal.
 

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I’ve never noticed before. Since your 126 wants to remain at rest it’s normal for her to hunch back on her rear wheels when it’s time to go (bless rear wheel drive) but if excessive perhaps a check of the shocks or springs is in order.
 

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I agree with JDC, my wee lil gasser doesn't " LIFT OFF " oppon acceleration. My rear digs in, but the front stays right where it should. Check your shocks and springs.
 

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If your car is till running the stock springs, then yes there will be a bit of dive under acceleration/braking. I find that fitting H&R's Greatly reduces the amount of dive. Very nice trait for when you come over the rise and find a trooper on the other side!

How many miles are on your current shocks and springs??

Jonathan
 

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My springs are stock (185k) but I only have about 40,000 (ten years of driving) on the shocks. Don't know if they are heavy duty.

Anyway, "boattailing" is an exaggeration. It's not like a boat with the bow way up, but it kind of rocks up like a moored boat. If you watch the star you definitely notice it going up and down, but it's nothing dramatic.
 
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