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Old 10-06-2010, 04:55 PM
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old car saggin - what would you do ?

The suspension in my 65 4-door Belair is really tired. I recently put in rear disc brakes and last time I was under there noticed the bump stops were hitting the brake line block on the caliper, dangerously close to the line itself (Not that hitting the caliper is any good at all ) . So I need some ideas on how to keep that nice low look in back but stiffen it up enough to not have so much travel. I also want to do something with the front too but that is for a different day.
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air shocks ? new springs and shocks ? over size springs ? Is there some kind of adjustable shock or something out there for this app.? I am open to suggestions.

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Springs hold the car up. Shocks stopped uncontrolled bouncing.

You need new springs.

That said, the bump stop should be contacting the axle. The contact should occur before any other contact is made to prevent mechanical damage to other components.
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Thing is, these car suspension were not designed to be set one inch off the ground like people seem to want them these days........In order to do that, you need to redesign the whole system, with notched frame etc........or live with the terrible ride and handling that comes with doing it half arsed.
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i deal with this on customers cars all the time, they want it to sit the same but handle better. If you put new stock springs in it will sit way higher. what we have been doing alot is running the hotchkis drop coils and edelbrock ias shocks. They work well together and give a nice stance. if you haven't spent much time under there the shocks are probably gone too.
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The car always sat low . when I bought it and thought it was old and tired so I put shocks and springs in it ( that was about 6 or 7 years ago ) . From what I remember, the ride height only went up maybe an inch ... I don't want to go any higher than that , but, now I have a real motor in it and really like to lay into it ( especially in the corners like the on ramps to the highway ) and of course, she's a leaner. I guess I need to do the front and back together to get any results. So now I think my question is . . What is a good combination to accomplish a better , stiffer, ride - front and back ? Again, It's a 65 4-door chevy.

Oh yeah, I could use a little more height in front cuz I'm sick draggin those collectors. - - But not much !! ha ha
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