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Old 01-10-2004, 07:32 PM
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front end settle

I have a 1966 Impala that I had rebuilt the entire front end in the summer of 2002. I had also cut the coils in the front 1 3/4 coil. The cars ride was good. And alignment was fine. In the summer of 2003 I put drop spindles on and disc brake conversion. I had the car aligned again but the could not get the caster right on..... (tires are leaning in at the top) I am not sure if it is called caster or camber when the tires lean in ........

Anyway. The car has been sitting in my garage since October of 2003. I pulled the Impala out today to let it run a little. I noticed the front end has settled a lot. And the tires are really leaning in on the top.

I know cutting the coils was not good. And even though Performance Suspension said the drop spindles would not change the geometry of the front suspension.... I now know otherwise.

.... So before I get new coils. Does anyone know if they make lowered front spings for my 66 Impala......

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Something to check might be the frame in the area of the upper control arm mount. I have seen many times on the older cars like that, where the frame is twisting in at the mount. With the lowered spindles, it seems like it would add pressure on the frame, possibly twisting the frame even more.

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I noticed today that the tires where exactly in the right spot. The frame is not twisting. And all the front end components are good. Hum...??? Just when you thought you had seen everything. I am going to get the car to the shop that did the alignment. I will have them double check all the linkage to make sure something did not loosen up.......

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With Cragars 4 1/4 in backspacing and Hotchkiss springs 1 1/2
in drop my wheels leaned in at the top.But being an 86 Camaro you can adjust the camber on the shock tower.
If you donīt have this possibility I would go back to stock height springs.
What extra drop did you get with the spindles and how much in total?
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From cutting the coils I got 2" of drop. And 2" of drop from the spindles. But since I am running 235/18/50's my car sits much higher than if I had 235/15/50's........



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From the information that you provided, your car should sit 1 1/2" higher with those (18")wheels and tires than the old (15") wheels and tires, the difference in the wheel sizes divided by 2.

The tires have the same sidewall size and tread width. The tire size is 235 MM wide tread by 50% high side walls(50% of 235 MM), to fit 18" wheels. The other tires were 235 MM wide tread and 50% high sidewalls(50% of 235MM) to fit 15" rims.
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