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Old 03-02-2003, 07:24 PM
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Question 78-87 G-Body high comp. spring gave bad alinement

I own and 81 el camino that i recently put a 350 engine into. In doing this, the weight of the engine lowered the front end to a very low (2.5 inch) clearance with the help of 1 coil broken off each spring. I ordered HighCompression springs out of JC Whitney for my 78-87 el camino. it raised the front end up as high as it can go (11 & 1/4 inches off the ground) now that i sit high-to-fly... my alinement went out the window. It doesn;t shimmy or anyting but it made my front wheels angle in at the top. When looking at the car head on, it looks like this " // \\ " the slashes represent my tires. Does anyone know how to correct this problem? I know theres spacers i have to take out. But how do i do it? Thank you, Bryan.

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First question;

Is this the final trim height you desire in the front?
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I have a 1983 Olds cutlass that I have replaced the 307 with a 455 I done some home work and called http://www.globalwest.net/ and they got me on the right track my car has a great stance maybe this can help you
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The springs i put in took a lot of effort to put in due to theres length and tension. It raised the front en up as high as is can possibly go, not even the wieght of the engine and 2 people pushing down on the front bumper can get the springs to compress downwards, which puts my shocks at there fully extended position (well i hand to push them together and inch in order to bolt them in) I was debaiting takiung the springs out, trimming them down a bit, and replacing them.. but i don't think i can get them out without torching them in half. So i'm sticking with this heigth b/c its level with the rearend. I don't knwo if its the heigth extreme pressure from the springs as too why the top of the wheels bowed in and the bottoms bow out. But i know the drivers side is at more of an angle than the passenger, and that the drivers side has more spacers in the upper arms than the passenger. A local shop estimated a $75 fee on "trying" to aline it with no gaurentees that it will full aline and no gaurentees it will work b/c of my "special modification" (new high rise springs). So if anyone knows how i can do this myself, i'll give it a shot to save money otherwise i'm going to drag it on in and get charged for more than i know its probably worth doing it for.
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Old 03-11-2003, 07:45 PM
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still need help please, thanks
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You need to get the proper springs. Go to NAPA & look at their spring catalog. You can also do a seach for El Camino sites. They have post on this subject. The original springs(front) had a spring rate of 347 lb/in(v-8)
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