Last year I did a complete front end rebuild - New steering components, Hotchkis 1907F springs, bilstein shocks, and new rims/tires.
My current measurements are:
Front: Hub-Lip = 14.5" Lip-Ground = 26.25"
Rear: Hub-Lip = 15" Lip-Ground = 27"
Now I plan on doing new rear springs, shocks, and new gears.
I currently have a 8.2 2.73 open diff.
I have a 8.5 open 2.73 rear available to me for $100. I want to add a eaton posi and new gears.
Since I am adding the new rear springs, I'm guessing the 8.5 swap is best since it's stronger, and will already have the multi-leaf perches. Will I have to change the shock plates?
My question regarding the springs - Hotchkis says the fronts should have dropped down to 13 9/16 - I'm at 14 1/2" They said if I go with the 2407C rear 1.5" drop springs - I will be about the same height as I am now. I really want more drop, but the 3" drop springs seem to be too much, and would require a change to the front springs - Hotchkis said they have new 3" drop coil springs coming and would not recommend cutting the 1907's with factory control arms. I want a little more drop but maintain a level stance.
My profile pic is as the car sits now. https://www.camaros.net/forums/member.php?u=29778
What rear springs should I use? Hotchkis 1.5" or 3" or DSE 2"
Should I use the 2407C's and add lowering blocks?
Should I cut a 1/2 coil on the fronts?
The 8.5 is worth the $100 extra instead of upgrading the 8.2?
What do you think of the current stance in my profile pic?
I have read that swapping the 8.2 to 8.5 requires a driveshaft length change - Is this true?
Thanks for all the help!