new spings

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  1. cas22drummer

    cas22drummer Veteran Member

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    my front end sits a little to low for the street right now. i have to go slow over ever dip in the road, and can barley make it over speed bumps without the headers hitting. i like the look of the car now, i wouldnt mind the front up a little, but i dont want the big space between the front tire and the fender. how tall would stock springs be? or maybe a lowering spring would be good. i like cars that are level, but what springs will give that height? im not doing coil overs due to money

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    How's the ride now? If u just wanna take it up a lil bit and the springs ride fine now, just put a spring isolator in there. If not a set of 2" drop springs may b an option. I recommend ptfb but that's IMO .
    Here's what they look like
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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Here's the stock height of my 80 Z28 when it was 1 week old.

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    cas22drummer Veteran Member

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    The ride is fine. What is a spring isolator?
     
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    I believe the isolators are what you put between the coils of each spring increasing the spring rate.
     
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    They have some that go in the bottom of lca. It would b like the opposite of a lowering block if that makes any sense. Like a puck looking deal that would raise the front an inch or so. They also have the cork screw looking ones that u can turn in between the coils which kinda make it stiffer and good for about 1/2" of raise in the front. People that have cut too much off their springs have used these to remedy the prob of rub.
     
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    They go between the spring and the frame, they are maybe 3/8 inch thick, I don't think your gonna get much height by using them.
     
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    http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sku/Dorman/Coil_Spring_Insulator/RB905700.html?loc=Front,+Lower
    http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sku/OEQ/Coil_Spring_Insulator/W0133-1829526.html
    Actually here r the ones for the LCA and yes there are also ones that sit on top of the spring. As stated ur not gonna raise it a bunch but it will raise the car. I am not familiar with all of them but I have used the turn in style to test wheel Fitment and such and I do know first hand that they will work for 1/2" of lift for a guy on a budget. But also as stated new springs from any reputable place such as ptfb or hotchkis or eibach will be a true solution.
     
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    Looks like its set up for the strip. If you had stock tires and wheels on back and front wouldnt that level it out?
     
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    Isolators will raise the car a little less than 2x the thickness of the isolator. Moog K160044 isolator is 1/4", will raise the front just under 1/2", for example.

    What's your current spindle center to fender lip? Give me some numbers, along with current engine compartment setup (with all pertinent weight info- aluminum heads, AC, big block, etc...), and I might be able to recommend a set of Moog replacements that will get you where you want.

    If those are factory springs, they are way worn out, and the ride isn't fine at all- wait till you feel the difference with new springs.:) Spring rate is too low on nearly all factory springs for them to be used lowered.
     

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