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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 17, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

I'm restoring a '68 L78 Camaro SS and I'm looking to lower it 1.5"-2" min or so, all around, from the stock settings. Will be using the stock setup (no coil overs or anything). Any suggestions on leaf springs, shocks, etc?

I see Classic sells this rear kit
1968 Camaro Parts | D41602 | 67-69 F-Body-Rear Speed Kit 1 Suspension Kit - 3 Drop For Multi-Leaf Vehicles | Classic Industries

What are people using to lower the front? Any insight & pics of your lowered Camaro would be awesome

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 17, 03:16 PM
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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

I used the Hotchkis front springs on my 67. Unsure as of yet what I'm going to use on the 68.

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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

I cut my Moog "stock replacement" Z-28 springs.

As for your rear, de-arch your springs, lowering springs, or as a last resort blocks.

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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

I just picked up 2" drop spindles and 1.5" lowering multi leaf springs from CPP. Just installed so haven't tried them on the road yet.

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Drop spindles....caution, they are NOT all the same. Some put the tie-rod right in the way of the wheel.
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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

I used Eaton front SB springs in my BB AC car and 2" lowering blocks on stock multi leaf. Running 17" Foose wheels.
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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

Awesome. anyone have pics of their lowered 'stock' Camaro?
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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

Researching the same for my 68 right now. I had previously been on here and quite a few guys are using Hotchkis TVS. They are actually running a 20% off sale that ends today. I'm just not sure of the 2" or 3" drop.
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My 68 with Hotchkis 2" lowering springs up front and 1.5" rear leafs. Shown here with 14x6 rallye wheels.

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...and here with 15x7 plain steel wheels and 215-70-15 tires all around.

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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

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Researching the same for my 68 right now. I had previously been on here and quite a few guys are using Hotchkis TVS. They are actually running a 20% off sale that ends today. I'm just not sure of the 2" or 3" drop.
I was recently on the Hotchkis site too, and I missed that sale. Anyway... Jegs and Summit are tough to beat and usually offer FREE shipping. Example: I'm looking at the rear sway bar for my 69, Hotchkis has it at 675.00, Jegs is 542.00 and Free shipping.
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I just installed the Hotchkis rear sway bar on a friend's 68 last week. You have to install some sort of a crossmember.

Reinstalling the tail pipes will now be a real problem with that crossmember in place, especially if you're using the factory location for the hangers.

Here's the exhaust system he has, don't know what we're gonna do yet: https://www.summitracing.com/int/par...t/model/camaro

I personally have a Flowmaster 17129 on mine, and I know just by looking at that rear crossmember that my tailpipes would not work as well.

In their defense, Hotckis mentions that you may have to modify your exhaust with that rear sway bar kit...

I know I wouldn't install it on my car.
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I cut 1/2 coil out of the front. Dropped an inch on the money.
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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

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I just installed the Hotchkis rear sway bar on a friend's 68 last week. You have to install some sort of a crossmember.

Reinstalling the tail pipes will now be a real problem with that crossmember in place, especially if you're using the factory location for the hangers.

Here's the exhaust system he has, don't know what we're gonna do yet: https://www.summitracing.com/int/par...t/model/camaro

I personally have a Flowmaster 17129 on mine, and I know just by looking at that rear crossmember that my tailpipes would not work as well.

In their defense, Hotckis mentions that you may have to modify your exhaust with that rear sway bar kit...

I know I wouldn't install it on my car.
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Re: Lowering 'stock' 68 Camaro

How do you like the lowering blocks ? I was thinking of going that way instead of the cost of new springs
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