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Old 03-19-2002, 01:01 PM
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im trying to determine if wether or not i have shortened springs on my buick..i suspect the springs were cut or even worse they were torched...because it rides like total hell.....it has a front steer camaro subframe..... the way it sits right now the bottom control arms are perfectly level...would this mean that the springs are stock length? if this means they are shortened ....would stock springs bring the tires in a little more?? im having problems with tire/fender clearence...
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You have a problem common to Camaro swaps into early 50's GM cars. The Camaro's track width is wider than your car's track. You can either get different wheels for the front with more backspacing (the cheaper way) to fix the tire clearance problem or get shorter suspension A-arms. I can't remember where I saw them advertised, but you might try looking thru the ads in magazines aimed at camoro/firebird owners for the narrowed tubular arms. If the lower A-arms are horizontal, that's about where they should be. What exactly is wrong with the ride? Does it bottom out on bumps, wander all over the road, what? Have you replaced the shocks and the bushings? If it's bottoming out, it could be the shocks or springs are shot. Eaton Detroit Spring (and others) can make new coils if you tell them what you have-engine, car weight etc. The Camaro clip may have been from a 6 cylinder equiped car and the springs are too light for the job now. Camaro balljoints, tierod ends and suspension bushings are easy to get(try Kanters for a package deal).
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stock springs will raise it up a little. they havnt settled as the old ones have
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Fat Man Fabrications is one place that makes tubular(narrowed 2")A-arms for Nova/Camaro front ends. Try www.FATMANFAB.com There are probably others who make the A-arms and dropped spindles as well. Kanters might have new springs. Hope this helps.
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If you need more tire clearance i find the narrow a-frames from the company listed above just start a whole new bunch of problems.(caster camber gain,bumpsteer problems rollcenter changed for the worse ride is crappy as now the sping ratio is changed)Go with diff offset wheels.Most good wheel companys can give you about any wheel offset you need. You need to watch the tierods on a 14 inch wheel with your clip(they get real close to the tire when it deflects on cornering).If there 15 inch or bigger you can get some pretty good offsets. Give us all a little info on what part rides crapy?? Too soft to stiff??? Rolls in the turns ?Darts from side to side? Steering to hard to easy???
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