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!!