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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 02, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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David I installed HD big block Moog front springs ( dont remember the #s)in my 69 camaro BB and it sets to high.I have read the past post on this subject and the more I read the more I get confused.I see alot of mention of the 6308 moog springs, do you think this is a good choice for a street driven 69 BB no air cond.
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People who have used that spring say it lowers a small block about 1".
A big block might sit too low.
The rate is around 380 which is nice for a street driver with somewhat wide tires.

What is the use for the car?
Street driver, drag, autocross, road race?
Lowered slightly, or a lot?
Wide tires, like 10" wide, or more like 8"?
How sensitive are you to ride quality?
I'll try to help, but realize I'm no world's expert on spring rates. I've tried a fiew things with small block Camaros, but not big blocks.
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David It's going to be a street driver, wheel size will be either 15x7 or 14x6 haven't decided yet.Thanks David C
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 02, 09:09 AM
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The stock BB spring is around 325 lbs per inch rate, same as a small block only taller.

The 6308 is 380 lbs.
That would be an improvement but might lower the car too much due to the BB weight.

One of the nice things about the 6308 is it is a drop in lowering spring that does not need cutting and is slightly stiffer than stock, which helps handling a little.

You might be able to use this spring with a spacer on a BB Camaro, I don't know.

6320 would be slightly taller than the 6308 and is 380 lbs rate, still would feel pretty much like a stock spring.

Or, pdq67 found #5536 which has one end made wrong for a Camaro and must be cut just a little to fit. It is 488 lbs rate and would be a real nice street spring for a small block with 8" rims and wheels. OR a big block street car like yours.
I have driven SB Camaros with 550 and 700 lb rate springs on the street and a 550 is real nice. So, I wouldn't consider a 500 lb spring too stiff for a street driver unless you are very pickey or your roads are very rough.

All out performance tuner springs for a BB Camaro would be over 750 lbs per inch.
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Thanks David this gives me something to start with
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 02, 06:12 AM
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To give a little more info on the 5536 springs, those are what I put in my 71 Chevelle with BB, no AC. It sat about 1" high for my taste, but I then did the b-body spindle conversion and that dropped it about 1", so it is about perfect now. The ride is very nice, not harsh at all. I'm not sure what the front end weight difference is between the Camaro and Chevelle, but you might have to trim them a bit.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 02, 02:55 PM
 
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The 5536 springs are heavi-duty, about '70 and '71, A car springs that have to be trimmed to ride height after engine installation when used in a first gen car. I still have to trim mine. pdq67



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