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Old 01-14-2003, 04:33 PM
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Help! I cant afford a lowering kit for my 87 chev p/u. I can fab up new spring mounts for the rear, but the price of dropped spindles is out of the question. I want to drop it 2" in the front and 3-4" in the rear. If I cut the coils to acheive a 2" drop up front will that be to radical to reset the camber/caster? Does anyone have any tips or suggestios? Thanks.

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any change front or rear will require an alignment. You did't say if rear is coil or leaf! Front coils can be cut. go slow! cut 1/4 at a time do both sides sit on ground recut
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sorry,only have use of left hand right now am arighty after each cut check for interferance(sic) leaf is easier than coils if u don't carry loads pull every other spring leave main and 2nd spring. lowing coil springs are best option if springs are "tight" coils on ends. old skool option is heating coils with jack stands or blocks set to ride height. be careful if you do this as it changes handling not adversly unless you are a performance driver. member any change will effect handling and braking!!!!!!
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Cheapest way to lower it is let the air out of the tires.LOL
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I just lowered my '70 Chevelle wagon in the front by 2". What I did was cut one coil off the top of each spring. If you want to go lower, cut one coil off the other. This doesn't affect the alignment. Don't use a torch to cut because the heat will change the springs tension. The ride becomes a little bouncy but you get used to it quickly. In the rear, I order and installed a 3" lowering springs from CPP at $115/pr. Easy to change.
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Thanks for the tips. I'll use an abrasive blade for sure. The whole kit would have cost $1300 Cdn. for dropped spindles and spring shackles. Way too much cash seeing as the entire truck is apart and needing so much else. I want to lower it now if I can afford it.(dont want to tear it apart again after its finished.)
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For coil springs it's possible to clamp two rings of the coil together. This will shorten the spring and lower the car. I did this and had it clamped for a few years. It lowered the front about an 1.5 inches. Obviously, the amount lowered is going to depend on how much space there is between the coils of the spring. I bought the specific clamps for this at Canadian Tire. I bet it cost $10 for the 4 clamps needed to shorten the 2 front springs. The advantage of this over cutting the coil is that it's reversible. As long as the clamps don't hit against something when the suspension is moving, it should be durable.
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i have a 85 silverado. i lowered mine by buying the belltech lowering schackles for the rear($50), and then i cut 1/2 a spring on the front. it lowered the rear about 2 inches and the front about 3/4 inch. the truck sits very level and has a very aggressive stance but is still functional as a truck. the only adverse affects is that the rear end gets noticably stiffer, and you will have to re-align the front end. i work as a front end man and have lowered mine myself. the camber will end up way negative(depending on how many coils you cut), and since you have to disconnect the tie rods to drop the springs your front tires will be toed out. this is a cheap easy way to lower a silverado but it may not be low enough to your liking just depends on what you want out of your truck. i went street/strip but can still tow a boat or any thing else. good luck and i hope this helps.
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Old 01-19-2003, 08:43 AM
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More cool tips. Thats exactly what I'm after Tontlsg... a truck with useability, towing and light hauling. I just wanted to lower it enough to set it apart from the stock look. I expected a front end alignment as well, so thats ok. Thanks again guys.
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