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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 10, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Wow... I was looking at some old pics of my car from this past Spring before it ever hit the road. The suspension had never been 'loaded' other than climbing in and out of the car for years working on it.
There's at least 2" of air between the tops of the 15" tires\wheels and the fender\quarter lips!!

I noticed a while ago, maybe 300-400 miles ago, that the fender\quarter lips are below the tops of the tires by about an inch.

That's what I call settling! Hotchkis springs front\rear with Prothane bushings all around. I drove it a little before going through the front\rear suspensions with a torque wrench.
I LOVE the stance now... all lowered! I just didn't expect so much settling.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 10, 03:26 PM
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Re: Suspension settled!

Old Pics? From last spring??? My old Camaro pics are in 8mm and Instamatic.

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Re: Suspension settled!

OK... wrong choice of words.
I guess they're 'old' because it was "back in the days" when it had never seen the light of day... 4 months ago.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 10, 04:08 AM
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I sure hope mine settle some - way too high now! But with gas tank full and the car assembled I know it will come down some.


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Re: Suspension settled!

Steve,
That looks like my ride height as well. Same springs I started with, but with the car empty, the butt sits WAY high. Hard to imagine a gas tank and seat will push it down that much

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Re: Suspension settled!

Just don't torque any of the suspension bushings fully and drive it for a 100 miles or so. I drove mine everywhere for a while... around town and expressway... and it came down nice. I didn't go too far though before torquing the front suspension. I was too chicken. I let the rear go for maybe 200-250 miles.

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I did the same thing as joe did.... Settled nice after a few hundred mile.

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