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Old 09-01-2006, 12:16 PM
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s10 v8 suspension

i have an s10 with a smallblock i have used 2 inch drop spindles and coils from a 1 ton chevy cut 1 full coil which is 1 inch drop on sb s10. does anyone know if the aftermarket 1 inch drop coils would hold the smallblock? keep in mind i really drive these trucks hard in the turns. or would i be better to go with the aftermarket coil from a full size 88 models and up? i know full size 88 up will fit. what i have ive used and works well but aftermarket coils are within 2% rate of each other.

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Old 09-02-2006, 05:58 AM
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what i have ive used and works well but...
If it works well, why are you considering spending money on aftermarket springs? An experienced racecar driver can detect small suspension changes, but, unless you're a very serious autocross driver, I wouldn't think you'd gain anything.

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aftermarket coils are within 2% rate of each other.
And this I find very hard to believe! Rate errors arise from 3 sources: deviations in wire diameter, coil diameter, and number of coils. Specifically, it's 4 times the ratio of wire diameter error to wire diameter, 3 times the ratio of coil diameter error to coil diameter, and the ratio of coil number error to coil number. Any one of these factors can exceed the 0.02 value, but, if you're lucky, they can cancel one another. So, if the spring supplier tests and tags every coil in a lot, he can probably select coil pairs that are within 2%. But, is he going to eat those for which there's no match? I doubt it.


And, even if he did give you a coil par that is within 2%, there's no guarantee that the next pair will be very close, though they share the same part number.
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Old 09-02-2006, 12:01 PM
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i was thinking i would get a better ride while keeping the same performance.
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S10's came with stiffer springs in them then G-bodies (monte carlo etc.) with V8's. Most lowering springs are stiffer then factory. F-bodies used the same size springs and can be had with higher rates.

http://jeffd.50megs.com/Moog_Spring_Page.htm
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I have drop spindles along with 2" drop springs in my 87 S-10. The shocks are Monroe gas-matics. After doing a V8 swap I noticed very little difference in handling and ride.
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