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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 18, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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General steering\suspension help. All over the road.

Hi All,

My 69Z has seen better days for sure. She runs\looks perfect but drives just OK. She's squirlly and seems to wonder and be all over the place. What would be a good place to start? Rebuild the front suspension? Looking at a kit like this one 1967-1969 Camaro Deluxe Front Suspension Kit

I think I probably need new shocks also, every bump feels like a real thump, not smooth at all, after reading thinking about going with the Bilsteins?

Lastly, what about springs & leafs. My car appears to sit lower than a factory 69, are my springs & leafs just tired, has someone in the past lowered it, how can I tell?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 18, 02:46 PM
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Re: General steering\suspension help. All over the road.

Things I'd start with I guess would be:

Check for any loose suspension parts up front; ball joints, loose tie-rod ends, broken sway bar end links, wheel bearings going bad can be sloppy too, rotted out bushings maybe.
I'd also check for loose lugnuts...happened to me once when I was a teenager when switching from winter to summer tires on an old Cutlass I had... got about a mile from home and it was squirrely as all get out... pulled over and had only two of the five left on the car, and those two were loose... got excited about summer and 50 series tires...

Anything broken on the rear-end, as in leaf spring perch bolts or anything? Missing any nuts on those? Loose? Shackles and perches look ok? All nuts/bolts in where they should be?

What about tires? Are you running offset tires? A narrow up front and real wide in the back can make a car feel loose.
Or running a mix of radial and bias-ply can have the same effect.

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Re: General steering\suspension help. All over the road.

Rather than a kit of unknown origin you can buy Moog parts at Rock Auto for good prices and get a forum discount.

A good front end alignment shop should be able to diagnose your problem.

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