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Old 07-09-2003, 09:04 PM
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lowering a vette

I have a '68 vette that I would like to lower the rear on. I recently seen a '72 vette that had the rear in the weeds and I love the way it looked. couldn't find the owner to ask how he did it, so I started studying mine. If I simply remove the first (smallest) leaf spring on the back will this lower it? I mean it obviously will lower the rear, but is there some reason why this is a bad idea?

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:01 PM
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Hey Big, I've never done this, nor have I heard of anyone doing this, but I still wouldn't recommend it. Just because I don't know what it would do to the ride, and the hieght of the spring is 1/4" or just a little more, which probably won't put your rear in the weeds. I would look into finding a set of lowering leafs, or maybe even swithing to a coil over set up in the rear. There's always lowering blocks too, but I've always saw them as the "cheap" way to do it.
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Is your car a big block or small block? The BB cars had 7 leafs and the SB cars had 5. Check around for an aftermarket composit mono-leaf setup. I for one would not make the change unless using proper parts. I would not remove leafs.
You could easily kill the ride.
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Old 07-17-2003, 11:53 AM
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Put longer bolts in the outer ends of the leaf spring. Use grade 8 bolts and if you get lots of thread on them, you can tweak your ride height. You'll need to adjust your camber when you're done - if you take this to an alignment shop, make sure they dont just bend the bars, there's a cam on the center bolts that makes the job really easy. You're also going to want to make sure your exhaust is run through the holes in the crossmembers rather than underneath or you'll be replacing it soon enough.

BTW - that's a good time to replace the rubber pads on the bolts, while you have them apart. If you get really motivated you can replace the isolators between the springs with some teflon ones and get rid of any rear end squeak. Be careful taking the spring pack apart!

Those springs always sag in the back anyway, putting the camber way off. Drives me crazy!
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