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    Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:51 pm

    hey guys I have a 78 caprice wagon, I'm looking to lower it a bit. now I know the 90s SS impalas will lower a regular b body by 1 inch but my question is will it also lower my wagon 1 inch all the way around? any help will be appreciated. thanks!
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  Myloth on Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:12 pm

    It should work like you want, the only difference between wagon and the average B body is you have heavier springs

    up front but I would imagine heights the same. Plus those later B bodies are a tad heavier than the older ones so

    Spring rate probably wouldn't be a problem as I have those 94-96 SS springs and they are a LOT stiffer than the original 79s were .
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:28 pm

    oh ok perfect I think I'm gonna take that route for now I'm kind of on a budget. I'm looking for some stiffer springs because the old stock ones I have are too squishy and probably pretty worn out by now. eventually I want my car to sit like the old school 60s racecars. thanks so much for the info!
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    SS Impala front springs

    Post  terry cronk on Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:59 am

    I just ordered new HD front springs, Through AutoZone.

    $39.99 plus $3.00 shipping.

    Autozone Duralast #FCS5030S
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:11 am

    Hey were those 39.99 per spring? or per pair?
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:27 am

    nevermind about that last question. so would it lower my car more if I go with the HD springs or the regular springs? i'm so new when it comes springs
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  Myloth on Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:53 pm

    Springs are almost always sold in pairs. With a wagon you want those SS springs which are HD from GM originally.

    Those Autozone springs should work for you and it's a good price!
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:33 pm

    perfect thank you guys for the information. yea I was shopping around the Autozone site and I found all 4 HD springs for $88 including that coupon they have right now for anything $100 or more you get 20% off so I plan on getting those as soon as I get paid which should be in the next couple days. I cant wait to get those springs on my wagon!
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  HeavyChevy77 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:52 pm

    My buddy just had to replace those HD spring cause one broke
    He doesnt drive his car hard or aggressive just the occasional WOT
    In a 95 9C1 (300+rwhp/tq)
    He out a new pair back in of the same just thought I'd share
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:06 pm

    oh ok thanks for that man. yea like I said I'm on a budget so if its cheap I'm gonna take it for now until I can afford some good ones and ones that maybe will drop even more depending on how I like the look of the stock SS springs.
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  Myloth on Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:18 pm

    I don't know about Auto Zone springs either as far as quality. I bought the springs for mine from Rock Auto or Summit ns which .

    But they were Moog replacements for the Impala SS from 94-96. Which looks like the same as the Auto Zone as far as style

    although I think mine are 3/4" shorter like 16.25 vs 17" that Auto Zone lists.
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:48 pm

    do you by any chance have the part number? rockauto is always my go-to place for buying parts. however when I looked for the impala ss springs they didn't have any listed. which is why I resorted to autozone.
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  Myloth on Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:21 am

    https://www.gmbbodyforum.com/t267-control-arms-and-spring-replacement


    80098 or ACDELCO 45H0184 I think price is up on both, Amazon erroneously says the 80098 Moogs are F-150 springs with 18" height

    they are not they are 13.56 " free and 11.27" loaded and will lower stock height by 1". Also they are very stiff with 640lb rate but they ride rather well I must say.
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:27 pm

    ok guys I finally got around to installing my impala SS springs. however, the new springs are thicker and the same height as my stock springs. should I cut them down? or leave them be?
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:32 pm

    I posted pic of the springs side by side but it says I'm not allowed to post pics
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  Myloth on Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:41 pm

    You have to you the host image or if you have something like photo bucket post a link.

    With host an image just direct it to the picture file and then grab the link it creates and copy paste

    in your message. How old were your springs ? Maybe they are flat from age and you were lower than stock

    with worn springs?
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:49 am


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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:52 am

    sweet thanks for showing me how to post a pic. as for age I have no clue as how old the springs are. they look pretty old and they have one less coil too
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:56 am



    this is how my car sits currently i want it to sit lower than that
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    Re: Coil spring question

    Post  scy135 on Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:58 am



    i found this pic the other day and its the stance i want to achieve

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