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Old Oct 16th, 11, 02:52 PM
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Default 68 with drop spindles - What spring rate?

I have a Plain Jane 68 with 2" drop spindles. My springs are very soft and when I sit on the car the tires almost hit the wheel wells. If I hit a bump it will defentally hit. What spring rate can I put on to help prevent this? What brand?

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Old Oct 16th, 11, 04:09 PM
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Sounds like tires are to wide. very limited with drop spindles.http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=132682
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Old Oct 16th, 11, 04:23 PM
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Sounds like tires are to wide. very limited with drop spindles.http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=132682

I sure wish I came here before I had them installed. Tires are 235-40-17 Thanks for the link. I think the best thing to do is to put standard spindles on and lower it with suspension. More money down the tubes.....

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Old Oct 16th, 11, 04:28 PM
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Default Re: 68 with drop spindles - What spring rate?

I did the same thing. I ended up going with qa1 coil overs with stock spindles.
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Old Oct 16th, 11, 04:31 PM
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With all the reading, looks like that is the way for me to go.....
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Old Oct 16th, 11, 04:41 PM
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Default Re: 68 with drop spindles - What spring rate?

A cheap alternative right now might be to get some new stock replacement springs and see where you sit....then adjust from there ?
Mine:
Moog Z28 replacement springs and 1 full coil cut (205/65/15's) front
4-leaf Z28 springs from JCwhitney (275/60/15) rear


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Old Oct 16th, 11, 04:46 PM
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Yeah cheap is good. Doug, are you talking about keeping the drop spindles and getting a stiffer spring? I really want to drive the car. I looked at some springs and I am not sure what spring rate would work the best.
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Old Oct 17th, 11, 10:09 AM
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You'd be money ahead in the long run if you did it right the first time (or second time as the case may be).

Regular spindles and Hotchkiss lowering springs. No cutting, no funny business.
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Old Oct 17th, 11, 10:33 AM
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You'd be money ahead in the long run if you did it right the first time (or second time as the case may be).

Regular spindles and Hotchkiss lowering springs. No cutting, no funny business.

Yes I agree but I am not a gear head so I am learning as I go.
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Looks good Doug. I'm the same in front but 14.5 in rear. I actually would like to go up just a bit in rear.
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Brian...if you got stock springs from your local auto parts store (say $70??) and installed them to see where you sit (should be close to mine) then we could adjust from there is it was high.
This way you keep your spindles,brakes,ect and I guess the cheaper way out instead of a complete front-end rebuild.

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Looks good Doug. I'm the same in front but 14.5 in rear. I actually would like to go up just a bit in rear.
Thanks.

You could maybe? add a leaf from another set or re-arch yours ?
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Thanks Doug, yea talking to Allen at Supermusclecarparts.com recommended me going with an adjustable coilover in the front. He recommended a brand that he does not even sell. He was very nice and informative.

I was thinking that that would be the easiest since I am not a car guy and do not have much experience with working on cars. I hear a lot of people talking about the QA1 coil overs. From what I read it is an easy install. What do you think?

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Easy ? maybe ?
Cheap ? No.
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Old Oct 17th, 11, 06:22 PM
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Yeah I know they are more expensive, but if I get a spring for $100 and find out that it does not have the spring rate that I need or like, I have to spend another $100, remove the other ones and install the new ones. It take me a long time to work on this car due to my lack of experience and my time is expensive. :-)

If I install adjustable ones I should not have to remove it until I put tubular arms on.
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