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Old 01-27-2010, 08:18 PM
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truck to darn low

whats up everyone, i haven't been on here for the last week or so ( was raining like heck here in cali ) and of course i have to work out doors. so as some of you know i been building my Chevy low rider....well now alls said and done but i got a problem with clearance . its a 75 Chevy step side that was lowered before i got it. well, after the 454 went in, full fluids, and me and one other person is in it, it scrapes. BAD. and not just stuff like speed bumps, but i mean like, it will scrape on level ground after your done being on the gas. my question is, does anyone know a vendor that sells springs? the rear is fine, ( not changing ) but the front is now stupidly low. i dont think i want stock springs, ( just because of weight of BB ) and im pretty sure the springs had been cut ( currently ) i dont know, are airbags a option? ( my expertise is engines, not really suspension.)
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:44 PM
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We would need to know how much each axle weighs and then a spring recommendation can be made..there are a number of spring shops that can make you a spring of the correct height and rate..do a google search for spring manufactures..i got my last ones from an outfit over in Spokane wa..Correct minimun ride height is above the rim of the wheels..imagine the tires removed and the truck is setting on the rims and nothing under the truck is touching the ground..even at that you may scrape going over speedbumps and over curbs and drive entry's..

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Get the springs for a 454

I had the same problem even with the 350 that was in the truck long ago.
Tires would hit the inner fenders on a ittle wave or a dip on the freeway.

Put the 454 in the truck-----could not even go around a corner, even with the smaller tires that were on it---had bigger tires with the 350.

The 454 springs are a bit shorter than the small block springs, but they still picked the truck up quite a bit.

And neighbor of mine had one so low, that he wiped out the front crossmember going over one of those steel plates the street dept. uses for covering trenches and holes.

My 79 is low enough I have to get it up on 2x4s to get a floor jack under the front crossmemeber
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:04 PM
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thats about how low mine is......you can see there is already some damage to the lower a arms on both sides, but minimal. where did you get the springs? im gonna do a summit search,
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Been a long long time ago, but I think I got them from Checker Auto Parts.
NAPA would be a good place to look, or even Auto Zombies.

454 and 350 springs ARE different
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I'd check with Rock Auto also, besure to look for their discount code
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Check with this seller >> http://stores.ebay.com/World-Suspension may not have them listed but can get anything. Got springs for my Chevelle for $35/pr.
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Dumb me, I thought all low riders were air bagged just to jack them up to a drivable height. Never thought anyone would attempt to drive them nearly resting on the ground.

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Old 01-30-2010, 05:26 PM
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well i havent actually got it out on the road, just my drive way, im unsure about putting airbags with springs, ( coils )
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You at least need to weigh the frontend. If it weighs more than 2400 lbs, you need Moog #5664 springs available at most auto parts stores.
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are the spindles stock still? if not then you may want to swap to stock ones too.
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Too low ? What do you mean---Too low ? I've never seen a truck that is Too low.

Got any pictures ?


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are the spindles stock still? if not then you may want to swap to stock ones too.
Good point!!!

Drop spindles and drop springs will bring down almost too low to drive at all.

I have 2-1/2" drop spindles and with the 454 and small block springs, made the truck pretty much undrivable for my driving habits.

The BB springs sure helped to keep the tires out of the inner fenders as well.
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