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Old 03-26-2003, 04:48 AM
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Post Raising front end 1" with coil springs

I know this is sacreligious but I want to raise the front of my 65 riviera 1". It has new coil springs and they are too low. What are my options? I know I can put lifters in between the coils to keep it from compressing but doesnt that make it too harse. I would hoping that HotRodders would know about a 1" donut that the spring would mount on so that is could still give me full spring movement but leave the car 1" higher in the front.

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-Go Here- and scroll down to PN 1285. This is the type the spring rides on. It does not effect the design of the spring.
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Thats perfect. I dont see the difference between 1285 and 1287. I guess 1 is U shaped and 1 is H shaped. These would go on the front and 1285 says for front. But it also says the coil must be removed to install it.
I was hoping I could compress the coil with the weight of the car then let the wheel down and it would seperate from the coil so I could squeeze this guy in. What do you think? What could I use to secure the coil if I did get it compressed by the car?
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The 1287 is designed to slip between the coils to either raise the vehicle or help sagging/weak springs. This type causes the spring to become hard wherever it is installed and can cause spring failure, as do the twist in and rubber block types you see. They are stop-gap measures and can lead to coil spring failure.

All you are doing with the 1285 is shimming the height of the spring and not interferring with it's operation. Make sure you use a new insulator
(<a href="http://www.p-s-t.com/" target="_blank">-PST-</a>) on the top of each spring to lessen the possibility of the spring rubbing/squeaking the upper mount.

The easiest way to insert the spacer is to put the front rails on stands, compress either lower arm with a floor jack and capture the spring compressed this way with coil spring compressors and then lower the jack slowly and see if this allows you enough room to insert the spacer and insulator. If not, you will have to free the lower ball joint and lower the lower arm enough to insert them .

Just be careful when doing it this way. Use quality compressors and keep your hands free of anywheres they can be pinched.

If you have access to a quality one piece compressor (tool rental), it is safer and easier to compress the spring and remove it. Just do what you are comfortable with and feel safe with.

Watch your tire wear for a few weeks after installing as this will change the front geometry somewhat.

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will this 1285 work to raise the front end of my 1966 impala 1". got a 3" drop spring under it and its just a lil low to the ground.
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will this 1285 work to raise the front end of my 1966 impala 1". got a 3" drop spring under it and its just a lil low to the ground.
Says all coil spring cars, so yeah, I guess it would work on all coil spring cars. It is split so you could cut some off to make a smaller diameter for a smaller diameter spring. For larger diameter, the gap would be wider, but that wouldn't appear to me to be a big deal.

I'm glad I checked into this thread. I had no idea those were available.
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It be easier to add a 1 inch spacer under the spring.
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Check this from Speedway Motors
http://www.speedwaymotors.com/ProductSummary.aspx?free_text|12/3/2008%2011:36:36%20AM=adjustable+spring+shim&deptId =0
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anydody try these mr gasket spaces on there car yet?
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One key thing mentioned by JUSTINH is that these are NEW springs. If these new springs are too low; then did you buy the wrong ones? New springs will continue to drop for the initial 200-500 miles. I am wondering if they will compress to the point where a road bump will completely compress them to the point of coil on coil; thus a donut inserted would not be appropriate to gain an inch of height, but, rather, correct springs.
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they are a drop spring made just for my car. love how it sits but my header flanges scape evey once in a while. car still has plenty of suspension travel. just the back roads around here suck!
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Keep in mind that to raise the car 1", doesn't mean you need a 1" spacer to do it. Since the spring is inboard on the on the control arm about halfway between the inboard mount and the wheel, a 1/2" spacer would be more in line with what you need.

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