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Old 12-23-2009, 04:57 PM
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ride height

I have a question about ride height changes before and after replacing control arm bushings. I recently replaced the upper and lower control arm bushings on my 73 vette - the new bushings are the polyurethane type. The nose of the car now seems to sit a couple of inches higher. The gap in the front wheel-wells also seems about two inches more than before. I am also finding that I need to add perhaps too many shims to achieve a slightly negative camber.

Is reducing the spring height an acceptable way to correct this? Would a shorter spring height make a difference to the camber?
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:40 PM
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If you didn't, you need to torque all of the suspension bolts with the weight of the vehicle on the tires.
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Or maybe a spring came out of it's pocket. The only way a bushing would raise a car is if it is bound up.
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Thanks for the replies. Yes, I did torque everything once the vehicle was resting on the wheels. The statement about the spring not being fully in the pocket may be pertinent. It is pretty hard to see if the springs have set in properly. If the spring is not set properly, then both of them must be as both sides look the same.
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loosen the cross arm nuts , bounce on the front end a few times, make sure it is settled , retighten to specs.

just a thought .
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