Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
Re: Front springs: anyone fitted stiffer springs on a BB street car?
The Big Block springs are very soft.
Everyone has different tolerance to ride quality, and the road conditions the car is driven on has a big influence on ride.
Also you need to factor in your desires for how much grip you want the car to have. No use putting super stiff suspension on a car with small or poor grip stock type 15" rim tires.
I have a friend who has a 69 SB Camaro with good rubber and lots of power. But he wants a better ride than the usual 600 lb front coils and 175 rear leaf springs. We changed to 450 front coils, left the rear springs alone for now and used Koni adjustable shocks. He's happier with this setup.
Shocks have a big effect on ride, as you go up in spring rate, you need more rebound valving. A rebound adjustable shock is a big help.
I'd put a 225 rear coil on it and a 450 to 500 front coil. A 4 link will greatly improve the ride. Look at the Ride Tech Street Grip system. It's tuned for the street but has very good handling.
If you have stock type seats, they make the ride feel worse because the seat springs in them are bouncy.
Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
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Last edited by davidpozzi; Dec 1st, 18 at 04:05 PM.