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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2016, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Impala vs Caprice ride height?

I believe I used the search feature correctly but I did not find this:
What is the difference in factory ride height between a stock Impala SS and a stock Caprice. For some reason 1.5" sticks in my head.
Most aftermarket springs claim a 1.5" or 2" drop but all are marketed to the Impala SS. Does that mean they will drop a Caprice 3".
I have used Intrax springs for a '94-'96 Impala on both of my '77's and they end up at least 3" lower than their original ride height.
This question comes up because I now have a '96 Roadmaster. I just put 17" x 8" rims with 255-50-17's on it and it needs to come down a little. This car has the factory leveling air shocks in the rear and worn FE1 springs in the front. This gives it quite a "rake".
When I measure it against my wife's '95 tow package Caprice it is 1" lower in the front. Measuring from the bump stop on the front LCA to the frame. The car would look fine with just 1" more drop in the front and 2"-3" in the rear. I know cutting a half a coil out of the front should equal 1" but I would like to stiffen it up a bit more than that will.
I like these cars low and it wont hurt my feelings to drop it 3". But I feel like my ride quality will be better if I don't go that low. I have looked at all the threads on lowered pics and would like some feedback if its out there.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2016, 03:51 PM
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First off....makes no sense to cut worn front springs. if they're worn....trash them.

These are what I'd recommend.....but that's just me:

1. Hotchkis 1" Lowering Springs: Impala & Caprice Store

2. 1" Lowering Springs: Impala & Caprice Store

3. Or if you REALLY want to get low: 2" Lowering Springs: Impala & Caprice Store

NOTE: The 'lowered' inches are what you'd expect on Impala.

Best of luck!

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Impala77,

I've got a set of Hotchkis drop springs W/Airlift bags to sell if you are interested.

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get your face into a Factory Service Manual for 95 or 96--all the numbers you need are in there. There's a chart.

It's not just the springs--SS has a shorter tire, too.

FYI, front SS springs were also production fitment on some other B-bod's....certain wagons, I recall, but front trim height was much higher due to tire diameter and rearward weight bias of wagon body.

THIS THREAD may offer some added insight....still, find a 95 or 96 FSM for the full picture.

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Sorry it took me so long to see this reply, I spent last week in the hospital. Tell me about your Hotckis springs: the 1" is down from stock SS ride height? How much do you want for them? and do I need the bags?
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.......Tell me about your Hotckis springs.......and do I need the bags?
thank you.
No.....bags are not required.

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