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Old 10-24-2013, 08:50 PM
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Raising front suspension

What is a good way to raise the front suspension of my 74 Camaro, on a budget? New wheels do not have enough backset and with every little bump, the front fenders bottom out onto the front tires.
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New springs about $100. Somebody on nastyz28.com could give you a good recommendation, you need a taller spring or a stiffer spring.
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New springs. O.k. that's doable. Any advice in a brand, or specs I should keep in mind? Remember, rookie here. Thanks.
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Ya. Right-on. Or, both taller, and stiffer.
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I'm a first gen Camaro guy so I dont know what you need as far as height or spring rate you need. Ive used Moog for stock height/spring rate vehicles and hotchkis for lowering or performance spring rate. I prefer a stiffer spring so there is less body roll.

Depending on what you actually want and far as performance the spring may have a higher spring rate than stock but actually may be physically shorter than stock.

Definately set up an accounty at NastyZ28 Second Generation Camaro Owners Group. good info there on the second gens.
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If you could possibly find a half-inch (or whatever) spacer, that would sure be cheaper/easier to install, pulling the shock out and pulling the spring up into the frame cup to slip the spacer underneath. New springs are just a crap shoot as to whether they end up putting the car at the exact right height or not, w/ spacers under your current springs you'd know for sure what you're going to get. Trouble is, I've never used a spacer that didn't just squeeze out from under the spring in use. Somebody somewhere must have good ones.

Your car sure looks good sitting at present height, though. Is it possible there's enough meat on the back side of the wheels to machine a little off? Or swap for a different wheel? A-arms can be shortened but of-course it's some fabrication work.
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cheap !

In the 50's - 60's we used to use the inserted copil spacers to lift and preload the front springs for drag racing. Check the Tire burn out tracks to get an even pull from both rear tires
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I'm gonna try the twist-in spacer nuts. They are going to be the cheapest. After that logic says I just have to find a more narrow set of slots for the front.
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If you install a pair of coil springs for a earlier Camaro with big block engine it will sit higher. The coils are about $85 a pair. Yes, you should find either a narrower pair of slots, or a different offset that reduces the rubbing issue.
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Much Better Now

Installed a few twist-in sprong stiffeners. Raised him up almost two inches. Drove down around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then down around Monument Circle. Then back home. Checked all the lug-nuts. Longest trip I've taken in it. Very happy. Thank you, gentlemen. For all of your input.
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The twist in spacers will temporarily raise the front, but will eventually settle a bit over time. Might still be enough to not rub though. Check them after some miles to ensure they clear the spring pocket, as Chevys have close tolerances, and I've had them rub on the pocket and pop out sometimes.
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