There are no off-the-shelf coilover options for the rear of my project car (solid rear axle, separate springs and dampers), and I've seen warnings from various car-related forums about attaching a shock/spring combo to the lower shock mount. This seems legit -- it looks a little flimsy to be supporting all that weight:
But I confess I don't know if that's the only safety concern in terms of points of failure.
Is there any reason I can't just reinforce the lower mount with a bolt-in or weld-in bracket and then use a "real" coilover with it?
Another option would be some kind of axle-mounted bracket:
On a related note, this would probably change the mounting angle of the spring/shock by +/- n degrees, so will that also introduce new issues with the top mount? I haven't even done anything yet, and it's already snowballing.