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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-15-2003, 10:59 PM
danielrowan
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Hi there, I'm relatively new here on the forum.

My name is Dan and I live in Dallas, TX.

I just got into the B-body 'thing' (AKA obsession) recently with the purchase of an estate sale 94' Roadmaster with 38,000 miles on it.

Ok, enough with the fluffy stuff.

My questions has to do with springs:

1) Are advertised spring drop heights by the manufactureres (i.e. Hotchkis, ST, Sprint, Global West etc...) relative to a stock Impala SS ride height? From what I've read, I believe my interpretation above to to be correct. Please confirm.

2) For comparison purposes, how does the stock ride height of a Roadmaster compare with that of an Impala SS. I know the RM has the softest springs of all the B-bodies. So I know they probably sit lower than a stock caprice, but are they as low as an SS? ..... or maybe even lower?? ... as RM's have a good rake to them and the fronts of them seem pretty low.

3) In my reading on the forum, people who seem to be "in the know" give high marks to Global West's front springs. Am I correct in my knowledge that GW does NOT make a set of rear springs for the B-body? If so, what are people using as a suitable match (sring rate and ride height) for rear springs when using GW front springs? I also read that the GW springs put an SS a tad higher than stock, but in more recent posts, I've read that there is a second version of GW's springs and that they now put and SS about a 1/2" lower than stock. Is this truth or fiction?

I think I would ideally like my RM to sit at or about stock SS height but with better (read: stiffer) spring rates. IF these stiffer springs could only be had in a different than "stock SS" ride height, I'd like them to be lower rather than higher (i.e. not interested in 9C1 coils). I guess ideally a set of springs with a better/stiffer spring rate than stock SS coils that have the car sitting about a 1/2" to 3/4" lower than a stock SS would be ideal for me as I don't want to give up too much wheel travel and have it smacking the bump-stops on a regular basis.

Right now, it 'sounds' to me like the GW front springs would be the ideal spring if I could find an appropriate rear spring to compliment them.

Any 'educated' help/insight would be greatly appreciated!!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-16-2003, 08:08 AM
Navy Lifer
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Have you asked GW?

I'd try them first...877 470-2975, weekdays only.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-18-2003, 01:39 PM
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Thanks for the phone number Bill, I will give them a call.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 06:56 AM
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On my 1996 SS with stock rear and GW equivalent fronts. My car sits like this:
Left Front 27 3/8 Right Front 27 5/8
Left Rear 25 7/8 Right Rear 26 3/8

These measurements were taken with the car sitting
on my garage floor. An uneven floor could account for the slight variations or it could be GM quality control.


FWIW the FSM spec for stock SS is 27.8 front.So
mine is slightly ( 1/4 in ) higher than stock in front. The stock springs began to sag in the rear so I installed airbags which brought it back up.

Allen
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 03:24 PM
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I hate to bring up an old post but with the search function not working I need help.... What is a good spring to match global west fronts? I'm looking for something that sits about 1/2 or a full 1" higher so that with my system installed it will sit even..... And if anyone is interested I may be selling my ST's here shortly along with the shorter belltech shocks as a set.. The car rides firm and handles well, im just not in love with the NASCAR tuned suspension it has.....lol! "Super Firm Ride "
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 03:42 PM
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Jayo : 1/2" to 1" higher than SS WITH better load capability.....a few :

1. 1A2 Wagon springs
2. Moog CC507 cargo coils
3. Moog CC621 Cargo coils

The 1A2s and 507s are pretty similar, while the 621s are a little shorter (but still more than stock SS height).
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 03:48 PM
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Thanks ED! So if it were you, not cutting a single coil from the global west springs witch one would you suggest? Oh, and dont forget I have a f-body front bar and I will be switching to Bilstein sport shocks.......
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 06:30 PM
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The 507's.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 06:42 PM
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Thank you Sir...
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