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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 18, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket shocks on stock lower control arm

I bought some aftermarket qa1 shocks for my 69 camaro and am curious if I will be able to install them? I put them up to the lower control arms and they are too big to fit in the hole for the old shocks. Am I going to be able to use the original lower control arms or am I going to have to buy aftermarket control arms?
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If you purchased the correct part number for your car, qa1, ridetech, bilstien, hotchkis,etc... will bolt right in.

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I bought them from national parts depot and everything from them said they work with the 69 Camaro
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Re: Aftermarket shocks on stock lower control arm

You got the wrong ones if they don't fit. I use Gabriel from Autozone for $25 and the ride is very good for the type of driving I do.
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I bought some aftermarket qa1 shocks for my 69 camaro and am curious if I will be able to install them? I put them up to the lower control arms and they are too big to fit in the hole for the old shocks. Am I going to be able to use the original lower control arms or am I going to have to buy aftermarket control arms?
https://www.camaros.net/forums/16-br...shock-fit.html

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I was reading and it says to bolt it from the inside instead of sliding it up through the control arm. Does that sound right?
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I was reading and it says to bolt it from the inside instead of sliding it up through the control arm. Does that sound right?
It can be done but what a PITA imho. I would send them back and buy something that fits. There are better shocks out there.

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I already have the springs and everything out so I might just go with it
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It can be done but what a PITA imho. I would send them back and buy something that fits. There are better shocks out there.

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X2. I would not use a shock that requires spitting the spindle and dropping the A Arm to change out.

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I plan on redoing the front suspension completely at some point, so these shocks won’t be in for long than I want to say a year or so.
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Re: Aftermarket shocks on stock lower control arm

Install a set of Bilsteins. Better shock by far.

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Re: Aftermarket shocks on stock lower control arm

PITA when you have to take it all apart next year. . . .save some time and use a shock the fits, send them back.
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I plan on redoing the front suspension completely at some point, so these shocks wont be in for long than I want to say a year or so.
If you already have everything apart what "redoing" are you planning next year that doesn't make sense to do now?

I would change the A-arm bushings at this time. That would complete that phase of the suspension work now and not have to be taken apart later.

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