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Old 01-14-2003, 03:52 AM
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I have a 86 Olds cutlass supreme, It came with a 307 olds engine, I took it out, and Installed a chevy 350, with aluminum intake, and headers. the car sat 8 months with no engine before I completed the swap due to health reasons. now, the car sits up the in front end, about a inch and a half higher than it did orignally, needless to say, it looks funny and it handles like a tug boat. I didn`t think the olds engine was that much heavier than the small block, or is it that it sat with no engine for 8 months that it sits higher in the front end? anyways, i want to lower the front end 2 inches, how should I do it, i was told i could cut 1 coil off the springs and come out okay, and it still ride good, but i`m not sure, and that`s the reason for my questions, I want to lower it a little lower than the factory height for handling purposes, but I want to keep the smooth ride. any suggestions would be nice, if dropped spindles are the best way, I`ll do it, but if i can come out the same by cutting the springs i will, i`m a engine guy, not much on suspensions, what do yall think? thanks.
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I would first ascertain that the control arm bushings are not binding. Then I would trim the coils to get the desired trim height.
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cut the springs about 1/4 cut at a time. i put new hd coils in my 79 gp and if i remember right i cut a hole coil off and went to far! i like a low rider and am an old skool guy and can handle a rough ride(86 S10 rear springs on rubbers) it is a lot more work (3times apart) to get it where i wanted it but beats global west $150.
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IMHO.. if you cut the coils you will lose the factory ride to retain it you will need to use drop spindles
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If you use dropped spindles you don't need to cut the springs, I can not believe there is enough weight difference (if any) between the Olds and Chevy engines which would cause this much suspension height difference. I'd drive it awhile and see if it settles down. If not, go with the spindles, or get in the spring book and find some shorter springs with the same Lb. rating as the ones for your car. Don't forget to check the shock length if you go with shortened springs.
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I drove the car a year and the front end hasn`t settled any. I had hoped it would but I think after a year that chance is over, is why i`m looking for new options now, can`t stand to drive it looking like it does anymore.
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