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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 09, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering Suspension (Reference Post w/pics)

Hey Everyone, I just thought I would post a reference for others having questions about lowering their cars with stock suspension. I did a ton of research on this first.

For reference, my car is a '68 RS Vert with a 12 bolt mulit-leaf (5 leaf) in the rear and stock coils in front. I bolted on all the body panels, top frame, seats, and threw in 4 concrete blocks to simulate interior, glass, and fuel. I figured that should be at least close to the final weight of the car.

It sat up way too high for my taste. Here is the before picture:




I know you guys like the measurements from the center of the axle to the wheel lip for obvious reasons, but I didn't get them, sorry. The measurement from the floor to the wheel lip was 28" bofore I started.

I removed the 3rd leaf spring from the top in the stack and reassembled. Here's the pic:



Then, I removed the front coils and cut exactly one coil off the bottom of the spring. I don't have the fenders on anymore (they are back at the shop getting body work done), so I don't have a reference measurement up there. I can already tell it's going to be much better for my taste.



The measurement in the rear is now 26 1/2". So, it lowered the car 1 1/2" by doing this. The front sits slightly higher at the moment, but once I get the sheet metal bolted back on the front, it will either be level, or have a slight nose down rake. The wheels/tires are 15 X 7 with 215/65/15s. The front and rear springs had been replaced by a previous owner at some point. I found a sticker from the manufacturer in between the rear leafs.

So, I hope someone can use this for reference in the future. Brian

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 09, 12:23 PM
 
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Re: Lowering Suspension (Reference Post w/pics)

Interesting. You got a 1-1/2" drop in the rear without having to order the expensive (Hotchkis) or similar brands. Where did you get your 5-leaf springs?
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Hey Everyone, I just thought I would post a reference for others having questions about lowering their cars with stock suspension. I did a ton of research on this first.

For reference, my car is a '68 RS Vert with a 12 bolt mulit-leaf (5 leaf) in the rear and stock coils in front. I bolted on all the body panels, top frame, seats, and threw in 4 concrete blocks to simulate interior, glass, and fuel. I figured that should be at least close to the final weight of the car.

It sat up way too high for my taste. Here is the before picture:




I know you guys like the measurements from the center of the axle to the wheel lip for obvious reasons, but I didn't get them, sorry. The measurement from the floor to the wheel lip was 28" bofore I started.

I removed the 3rd leaf spring from the top in the stack and reassembled. Here's the pic:



Then, I removed the front coils and cut exactly one coil off the bottom of the spring. I don't have the fenders on anymore (they are back at the shop getting body work done), so I don't have a reference measurement up there. I can already tell it's going to be much better for my taste.



The measurement in the rear is now 26 1/2". So, it lowered the car 1 1/2" by doing this. The front sits slightly higher at the moment, but once I get the sheet metal bolted back on the front, it will either be level, or have a slight nose down rake. The wheels/tires are 15 X 7 with 215/65/15s. The front and rear springs had been replaced by a previous owner at some point. I found a sticker from the manufacturer in between the rear leafs.

So, I hope someone can use this for reference in the future. Brian

Wow it looks much better lowered that amount.

I would like to lower the rear of my 68 also about 1.5"-2". By removing the 3rd leaf spring, did this affect handling of the car at all or any other negative affects?

Also does it matter which leaf you remove or is it best to remove the 3rd from the top, and whats the process of removing the leaf from the spring? Do you basically remove the springs from the car and then remove the 2 bracket type retainers and thats it?

Thanks

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Anyone have any more information on lowering a 68 Camaro this way???

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Re: Lowering Suspension (Reference Post w/pics)

I also have lowered my '68 by removing leafs from the stack. No problems here.
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