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I'm about to install new coil springs in my front end and was wondering if it's a good idea to install an isolator between the top of the spring and the frame and/or the bottom of the spring and the lower control arm so these points of contact are not metal to metal. Any thoughts?
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I've run both ways and not noticed any mechanical problems w/o the isolators in place. What I did notice is with the shorter Hotchkiss springs they tended to make a more noticeable "pop" when I jacked up the suspension. I currently have 3/8" isolators installed just to bring the ride height up slightly.
 

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None here... and as above get a pop once in a great while.

I thought about installing some airline over the coil to see if it helped...
 

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sorry, just caught the update on this.

I never had any in motion squeaks with or without the isolators in place. The popping occurred more often without the isolators simply due to the Hotchkiss springs being much shorter than the OE's and having room to move a bit when the suspension was fully unloaded , ie: jacked up.
 
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