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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 19, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Front lowering coil springs

67 Camaro, 327

Want to lower car 2" but what I am finding, according to specs shown with the springs, is they are either 1" or 1.5" with this Ride Tech one showing 2" drop for SBC.

These are Progressive Rate vs fixed rate springs.


https://www.summitracing.com/parts/a...front/2-000-in

Anyone running these springs and if so, did you actually get a 2" drop?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 19, 01:48 PM
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Re: Front lowering coil springs

I cut 1 full coil off my Moog "replacement" springs and got 2-2.125" drop and only cost a few hours....just saying

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Re: Front lowering coil springs

I'd also like to point out that if those are the original springs in your car (odds are they are) then you are already sitting an inch and a half to two inches down due to spring sag from age. Lowering springs and spindles are measured from stock ride height. So if you installed lowering springs, you are right back to were you are now as far as ride height goes.

You have to park your car on a smooth flat surface and measure from the ground to the points illustrated in the Chassis Service manual to determine what your current ride height is compared to the stock height as it left the factory. Then you can add a dropped spindle as a way of lowering it further or looking at custom wound four inch drop coils if you want to go lower.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 19, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Front lowering coil springs

front suspension, including springs, have been replaced by PO. U/L ball joints & A arm bushing, All Moog tie rods, etc. Nice shiny new alignment shims in A arms. it has the typical large gap between tire & fender lip as the stock Camaro had. 14" Mags with 225/60 TA's up front and 245/60's in back on staggered width Mags

The PO basically restored the car as "stock" other than the Allied rims

I know cutting coil is a cheap way to drop it but I would prefer not to mess with the spring rate doing that

I just got out of hospital from surgery so not able to lift anything for several weeks and can't measure as described in 3-7 of Chassis Manual. If I read "ride height" correct for SBC Camaro at end of Chassis Manual it has 2 5/8" +/- 1/2".

My sense is that measurement is larger on mine but I can't get under it now to confirm

My floor to fender lip (center) is:

F- 26 1/2"

R- 28 1/2"

IDK if that measurement is higher than stock or at it but the car does have the stock looking 4x4 look with the 14" rims

If someone does have the RideTech's, LMK if in fact they do drop it 2". Eibach, for example is 1" with their Progressive rate spring. Hotchkis is 3" with their standard full coil lowering spring (all according to published data....)

Doing the 2" leaf spring blocks in rear

If I get the car 2" lower F&R I will have a 1" gap between fender lip & tire

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Re: Front lowering coil springs

I cut a coil off the new front springs and I think it feels to stiff
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Re: Front lowering coil springs

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I cut a coil off the new front springs and I think it feels to stiff
Because your spring rate changed, especially if it is a full coil vs progressive rate coil.

Yeah its a cheap way to "lower" the car but trade off on ride. People used to torch springs also, that is way ghetto

IMHO lowering springs and/or drop spindles is the "right" way to lower the front. Then get alignment for the new set up
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agree with you I would not do it this way again , my mistake
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Re: Front lowering coil springs

The increase in spring rate isn't that much if I remember right. I'd say it's on par with a "sport" suspension.

IF you really want to lower a car and not go through all the trouble swapping springs multiple times....just get coil-overs.

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