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Old 05-12-2004, 11:49 AM
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Proper Sping Install 66 Impala

I usually leave my spindle attached to the lower control arm when I install the springs. But was wondering if I need to take the lower control arm off from the frame to install properly?

Can anyone with experience on 66 Impalas tell me if the springs should have a slight bow in them when installed? I installed new McQuay Norris springs and they must have been the wrong springs because the camber was negative and could not be pulled back. The spring allowed the car to come down to much. Plus the ride was super stiff.......... So I am going with Moog springs. Hopefully this will do the trick........

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If it helps my 62 springs have a bow to them too..............
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Black66,

If you have a spring compressor then you can do the spring change over with out removing the lower "A" arm. I would remove the spindle because it gets in the way from seeing if the spring is in the bucket correctly. It might be bowed because the upper spring end is not in the recess and it needs to be turned just a bit so it seats in the bucket which will put everything in alignment when you bring the control arm up and start putting every thing back together.
If you do not have a spring compressor and you are using a floor jack to jack the spring into place, then you can not remove the lower arm because you will need it to jack against.
Be Careful a spring that size will do a lot of damage if you get in it's way.

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Thanks Everyone.....

Yeah I have put springs in my Impala 3 times. I was just seeing if there was a better way than what I already do. I bought a super stout spring compressing tool which makes my the job very easy.

Scholman your method is the same as mine. I just wanted to see if everyone else was on the same page.... thanks bro.....

And Poncho 62 are you running stock springs in your Impala?

The springs I put in last weekend where replacing springs that I had cut two coils. The "new" springs with two more coils and same ride height as the "old" springs with two coils cut. And the ride was rock hard.

So I can only figure that the springs where not right for my application. The springs where McQuay - Norris........ I just ordered some Moog springs from Summit so hopefully they will be right.

But here is some insight on my problem..... When I rebuilt my front end with all new bushings I put in stock coils from Performance Suspension.com. After a while I decided to cut the springs two coils...... The car rode good after the cuto spings and the alignment shop got the alignment to specs...

Then in the summer of 2003 I did the disc brake/ 2" drop spindle conversion kit also from Performace Suspension.com. With the drop spindles and the cut springs the alignment shop had the camber fully adjusted and I had 1.5 neagative camber on both left and right wheels...... Car drove staight, but darted all over tha place at freeway speeds...

So last week I put the "new" stock coils with no cut coils in with my drop spindles. And the car was 1.9 negative camber on the passenger side. And 3.1 negative on the drivers side. The spring allowed the car to come down to much. And the ride was super harsh...... Very confusing how a taller spring would allow the car to have more of a negative effect on the camber.....

So I took back the stock McQuay-Norris springs to Kragen. And ordered some stock Moog springs from Summit.... Hopefully this will work.......

Thanks for all the help guys...... I hope the new Moog springs will do the trick..... I really just want a nice ride back and no negative camber....... Is that too much to ask..... Ha ha......

Has anyone had this problem with there suspension...

Thanks again.......
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Yes, mine are stock springs, not cut.
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