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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 10, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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so i have a question, I done a lot of search just no answer yet. After install will the leaf springs settle a little or is what i see i get?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 10, 02:33 AM
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Re: new leaf springs

Yeah, they'll settle out some. I'd say at least an inch maybe more.


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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 10, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Re: new leaf springs

thanks for the answer and pix Steiner
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 10, 04:47 PM
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Re: new leaf springs

What leafs are you using (how many)? Did you torque things down after it settled on the ground?
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 10, 04:54 PM
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Re: new leaf springs

Did you leave the bolts loose until it was on the ground, then tighten? That's the right way, and it will make a difference.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 10, 06:32 PM
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Hey, thanks. I told someone the other day it looks good from fifty feet but you can smell it from a hundred, know what I mean? ROT-ten with a capital ROT.

Ted, I don't know if you were asking Wayne or me but mine are the reproduction four leafs and everything was done correctly. Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, tighten, tighten, tighten.


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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 10, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Re: new leaf springs

mine are 3 leaf jcw. I didnt tighting all the way when off ground, but i did tighten them a little.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 10, 05:52 AM
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Re: new leaf springs

I have the same issue with "factory 5 leaf" springs. It has been sitting for a year and still loose and drove it 500 feet with a settling in a year it dropped 1/2 inch with a drivers side lean of 3/4 inch. Everything is new, body bushings etc. The wheel well to floor on mine is 27 inches with 235-50-15 tires. I am thinking of putting the old springs in!!!
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 10, 06:16 AM
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Re: new leaf springs

Just got mine in yesterday & it sits high... not happy wth it.

I was expecting an inch or 2 higher at the most, but not 4".
Afterall the paint work, plus getting everything together without scratches, I'm not thrilled about taking it back apart to get them re-arched.
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Just got mine in yesterday & it sits high... not happy wth it.

I was expecting an inch or 2 higher at the most, but not 4".
Afterall the paint work, plus getting everything together without scratches, I'm not thrilled about taking it back apart to get them re-arched.
Which springs did you use?? It seems the inexpensive repro springs make the car sit too high!
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 10, 07:29 PM
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Re: new leaf springs

5 leaf units from Camaro's & Classics.

I have 4" above the tire to wheel opening with a 26" tire (68 Camaro)
rear of rocker at crease is 11.5" off ground

Anyone else have measurements?
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