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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 20, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

I would like to lower my 69 Camaro about to 2" or 3" inches for street cruise use. I don't want to expense for coil overs as I won't need to adjust the settings nor do I plan to race.
Can I just change out the springs and shocks? Confused on if I need to change out the drop spindles or leaf springs too?
I plan on running 17" (maybe 18") wheels and a possible staggered look with a deep dish to the rear.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 20, 10:14 AM
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Re: Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

if you already have drop spindles, don't do lowering springs with them. FWIW drop spindles are not recommended.

Lowering coil springs like Ridetech "progressive" springs for the front and lowering blocks, 2" (cheapest), for rear or lowering leaf springs for the rear
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 20, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

I don't believe it has drop spindles, it has all stock suspension. I just thought springs/shocks but I'm not sure if I have to change out the leaf springs too.
The main use is weekend cruiser so I want to keep a comfortable ride.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 20, 11:03 AM
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Re: Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

The cheapest way to lower the front is cutting the coils. This increases spring rate some.
Many have reported no negative effect on ride quality. The better option is to replace the
coils. I really like the idea of the Ridetech progressive rate coils as SoCal805 mentioned
and he has first hand experience. Using a lowering block on the rear is the cheapest there
also. I personally wouldn't drop more than 2" front or rear. You're decreasing the amount of
suspension travel and can lead to bottoming out problems. Measure the distance between the
bump stop and frame and you'll see how much travel there is now. Now decrease that by the
amount of drop. You'll get the idea. Also be aware when using blocks on the rear you'll be
changing the drive line angle and that can lead to vibration and possibly worn u-joints. So you
will likely need to address that also. Generally that is corrected with angled shims on the axle
mounts. You must have finally found a car. Tell us about it.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 20, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

I'll expense new springs & shocks instead of cutting the coil springs but do I need to change the leaf springs too?
By the way, I tried to drag a resized photo to show my ride but it won't load is it because I'm on the free account? Thanks..
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 20, 01:07 PM
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Re: Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

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IMHO get the Ridetech "progressive" lowering spring. I got 1 5/8" drop. If you want more than you would cut a "partial" coil off but do not do that initially...you can't undo a cut. Ridetech provides a template to mark how much of the coil to cut off. Its not a full coil. I did not cut mine

you do not need to replace the rear leaf springs using lowering blocks. You do need to remove the spring plate "bolts" and buy "U" bolts that go over the axle housing and through the holes of top & bottom spring perch/plate. The stock bolts, on mono leaf, are pressed in but come out easily with a tap of hammer. If mono leaf you will want 7/16" U bolts the length you need for the height of block you go with

I got my U bolts here:https://www.stengelbros.net/5U-058R-...s_p_13436.html

Blocks from here (choose size):https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Speed...?sku=91643-250

If going 2" you may, I needed to, use a 2 degree shim block also on top of lowering block to correct DL angle

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Leaf-...l?sku=916433-2
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 20, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

Great, thanks for the info. I'll check on all that. Have a good one...
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old May 4th, 20, 06:14 AM
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Re: Affordable options to lower a 69 Camaro?

Congratulations on your new ride. Thought I would just throw in another alternative for springs. I lowered the front of my 69 with Eibach 1 1/2 inch lowering springs and really love them. The ride quality is excellent and the height is just perfect.

JB Mitchell
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Bought '82 - Restoration 14 - Back on the road 2020
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