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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 11, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Different size coil springs

Good evening all

I've a question concerning front coil springs - I have a 69 coupe and I took both front coil springs out as I am replacing bushings and such, and now that I am cleaning them I am noticing that the driver side spring is about a half inch - inch taller than the passenger side. In fact, the passenger side looks like it had a bit of the coil broken off! It terminates at an angle, not a nice square end like the driver side.

First, this can't be "right", can it? Second, are they still OK to use? I can't take the extra expense of new springs at the moment so I'd like to use them, at least for a little while.

BTW - the car sat pretty level, the passenger side was not noticeably lower than the driver side.

Thank you,
-Mark from MN
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 11, 03:30 PM
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Re: Different size coil springs

While it's probably not abnormal to have the left and right springs settle a bit differently, I agree that having an "angle" at the top of one sounds like something went wrong at some point. I don't imagine you'd damage anything by re-installing them as-is, however I would very seriously look into getting some "stock-type" springs off Amazon.

Moog 6308 (Z28 type "heavy duty" springs) show as $41.27 on Amazon right now (presumably that's for a pair...). That seems like a mighty cheap replacement option in my book...
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 11, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Different size coil springs

Thanks for the reply

I am thinking more and more of just getting new ones, even though the old springs might be "fine", I am deciding that I don't quite like having everything new except for wonky coil springs.

I haven't seen them that cheap, for $42 I don't think I can go wrong!

Thank you,
-Mark
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