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Old 09-14-2005, 08:16 AM
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What do I need to consider when changing suspension?

I have a 62 cadillac that needs stiffer suspension. It tends to roll a bit and bob up and down way too much. I was thinking of just changing bushings, shocks, and springs. Is there anything I need to take into consideration before doing so? Also, any recommendations as to which shock or spring is best? Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-14-2005, 08:27 AM
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I suggest just changing the shocks first.......

Make sure to replace all WORN suspension parts and then figure out what you want to change.......

A 1962 Cadillac will never handle like a new Corvette .......but you can make it ride like one.. ( rough )

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All very early 60s cars are sprung really soft. My Ramblers have all been to soft for modern roads too. I order springs that are 20% stiffer than stock. That usually fixes it right up! Not to soft or stiff, though you can definitely tell the difference! Roll will be much less. New shocks will of course help, especially if you're running radials on it. I'm sure you are, it's hard to find bias plys!! The radial tires have much more flexibility than bias plys, that's part of the ride control problem. You can order the spring from any of the spring shops. I usually use Coil Spring Specialties in Kansas. Google will find them! You might consider a stiffer sway bar (bigger diameter). I don't know what would fit though -- Caddys usually had big bars. If you can find one from an early 60s Eldorado that should be bigger (unless that's what you have...). A bigger sway bar won't do much without stiffer springs though.

Don't be tempted to use poly bushings! They will just make things harsh when you hit bumps. Poly is fine for the sway bar bushings, but use rubber in the arms. You'll like the ride much better!
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Old 09-14-2005, 02:02 PM
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What should I consider when buying the springs? I have never bought replacement springs. I think i may be somewhat limited since the car is 4300lbs. I don't want to lower it anymore, i would rather raise the back end an inch or two. Do I need to measure both the length and diameter of my current springs before buying anything? Thanks in advance
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