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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 02, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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I bought new drop spindles before I found this site. After reading all the posts and David's web page, I have decided to ship them back in exchange for stock height. Now, I like the stance the spindles produced (they were 2" drop). Which springs do I go with to acheive this ride height. I looks like the Hotchkis are very popular. I have a 67 RS with a 327. Do I need a particular spring rate or just a pair for a small block. Also how about shocks?? I'm not going to use car in competitions but would like it to handle well. By the way anyone going with drop spindles, don't plan on any rims with more than 3.5 inches of backspacing cause' it aint gonna fit. Thanks, Bill
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 02, 11:16 AM
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Firstly, let me say that the correct way to lower your stance is to use drop spindles. Then let me tell you that I don't know what took me so long to put these Hotchkis units in my '68 (w/stock height spindles). I love 'em. Polygraphite bushings throughout, Hotchkis's rear leafs out back and now I'm reminded on a daily basis just how slippery those factory vinyl buckets can be. Like it's on rails, man. Can't wait to do the sway bar upgrades. I'm using Monroe gas shocks which were about $10 US, I think. Ride quality is just as Hotchkis describes on their website "firm but not harsh".

Needless to to say, I'm impressed.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 02, 11:38 AM
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I have spring recomendations on my web page. A lot depends on what kind of ride you want and what size tires and horsepower you have.

Mooky, Welcome to the forum.
It turns out the drop spindles cause some problems with tie rod to tire clearance, and lack of accepting larger brake upgrades.
Plus, while they maintain the stock geometry, the stock geometry is not good for handling.
Lowering a Camaro by using shorter springs puts the camber curve in a better place than using a drop spindle.
Also a drop spindle is heavier and cast iron not forged steel like the stock spindle.
The Camaro has bump steer problems which can be corrected by heating and bending the stock steering arm. You should not try to heat and bend the cast-on arms of the drop spindle.

I've also heard reports of caliper hitting the upper A frame, and the wheel rim hitting the upper ball joint or upper A frame.

Use the search link, upper right of this page to read the past messages on the subject.

Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
David's Motorsports page
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67 RS 327 Origonal owner. 69 Camaro Vintage Racer, 65 Lola T-70 Chev SB Can-Am Vintage Racer
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 02, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply's. I'm gonna go with hotchkis springs/swaybar. I will also use bilstein shocks per David's info on his web site. Mooky, did you just order the small block springs or did you specify a spring rate?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 02, 11:45 AM
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Thanks for the welcome and the info Dave!

I ordered the small block springs. Hotchkis has only 2 to choose from: small block and big block front performance springs. Go here: https://www.hotchkis.net/secure_index.html

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 02, 02:47 PM
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I still got a barely used set of front Hotchkis springs I took out of my hardtop when I put your spindles on. Give me a call or an email and you can try these Hotchkis springs before you buy some, or just make me an offer.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 02, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Doh!! I already ordered them Scott. What else do you have that I need? Shoot me an email with a list of your extras.....
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 02, 02:59 PM
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bill now much you want for the hotchkis springs shoot me a email
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