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Chevy shorter coil spring problem, HELP!

I put shorter than stock coil springs in the front of my 88 chevy truck frame. (I also installed lowering spindles.)The truck sits lower as I needed it to but issue that has arisen is that the lower A -arm is now almost level with the ground which means that the wheel is moved further outboard from the centerline of the truck. This alone is not a problem but the problem is, the front suspension can not be aligned properly because the top arm attach bolts are not long enough to add the required number and size of shims to get the wheels where they need to be. I have looked at the possibility of installing longer bolts, but that is a big job. Another option I have considered is to redrill and remount the u-bolts that locate the lower a arm about 1/2 inboard of their current location. This would move the wheel inboard enough that I can get the proper shims in place to align the front suspension. Anyone have any experience with resolving this problem and how did you resolve it?
Thanks, Denny
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If you lowered the a-frames to level with the floor, that has to be around 3"- 3.5" coils alone. That truck is insane with drop spindles. How low did you go? I've killed two trucks personally 75 and 76 going too low. Are you sure the a-arm bushings are good? If they are, relocating the lowers may be the easiest. I've never attempted that but you go for it.


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I put shorter than stock coil springs in the front of my 88 chevy truck frame. (I also installed lowering spindles.)The truck sits lower as I needed it to but issue that has arisen is that the lower A -arm is now almost level with the ground which means that the wheel is moved further outboard from the centerline of the truck. This alone is not a problem but the problem is, the front suspension can not be aligned properly because the top arm attach bolts are not long enough to add the required number and size of shims to get the wheels where they need to be. I have looked at the possibility of installing longer bolts, but that is a big job. Another option I have considered is to redrill and remount the u-bolts that locate the lower a arm about 1/2 inboard of their current location. This would move the wheel inboard enough that I can get the proper shims in place to align the front suspension. Anyone have any experience with resolving this problem and how did you resolve it?
Thanks, Denny
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