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setting ride height for suspension swap

Hi; I would like to install a gm 12 bolt from an olds 442 into my 52 benz. The benz came w/ an IRS, and a corvette rear would be easier to install, but I want to use the parts that I have.

I think I would need to set the desired ride height and axle location before I try to locate the trailing arm pick up points.

How do I set frame ride height? is there a standard that people are using? Thanks Jimmy R

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A shop manual or body manual for the car would list the specs of frame height from the ground.

That's if you want stock ride height. You can alter it however you wish since you have a clean slate.
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What I do is block the car to the desired finished ride height and then I can determine just how to do the attachment points for the suspension

Minimum ride height is considered to be the height of the tire sidewalls..Of course if you are running some of the 35/40 series sidewalls that is really low..For a normal street car somewhere in the 6"-8" range to allow enough ground clearance to get over speed bumps and up and down drive aprons and such..That is measured from the bottom of the frame rails..

Other than that go for it..

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ride height

Thanks for the info. I will set between 6 and 8 inches, maybe add a little rake then take some pictures to see what looks good. Thanks for your help
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