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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 07:48 PM
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hi all,

dave here,

i just put in rear st springs and now when the car is jacked up by the frame(the rear wheels in the air) the springs will come out of the top notch and lean over as so it will not line back up properly when set back down on the wheels. i need some info on the preferred method of not letting the axle hang so low. shorter shocks? heavyduty tie wraps? i think i might go with the tie wraps as a quick fix does anybody have a good idea where to attach them at?


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dave
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 09:58 PM
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Heavy duty tie wraps are a good start. On the bottom - two per side. There is room to get one in front of the axel and one at the back.
I found a drive-on hoist was the best answer to that problem. Carried a second jack on the road, so I could jack up both frame (original jack) and axel (second jack).
I found the final solution last week. Different springs. Raised the car a couple inches, but it doesn’t bottom on speed bumps any more and maybe I can now replace the side portions of the front spoiler.
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2002, 09:43 AM
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My ST's are the same way. I have the Metco lowers and usualy jack the car up under those. The tie wraps are also good. I always check for proper alignment when I drop mine back down.
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2002, 07:49 PM
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I had this problem for long time now, and it starting to get to me.
I was thinking... It is possible to have some king of extensions on the spring mounts. It would look something like an upsidown cup. This would prevent the springs from falling-out. And if the car does raises above its limit, it would automatically align the spring.
Tire wraps are the esay answer though.
I will search the forum for more answers.
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2002, 08:46 PM
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I used two 12" chains and bolted them to the frame and the axle so when I lift the car my spring stay in place and still have enough susension travel. and painted them black... you can't even see them under the car
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2002, 08:59 PM
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Well i belive i read ALL of the posts on this subject (around 15). Seems like there is a lot of people out there with the same problem. Some of them solved this problem by getting different springs (DJM) some used tirewraps, and some claim not too have this problem with ST springs. Also people suggested to use lowering shocks to solve this problem.
I have lowering shocks but my rear springs still fall out very easily. In fact, even after making sure the spring sits in the right place, dring it for some time makes the spring to sit improperly.
There was a suggestion about lower shock mounting place, you can read some more about it in this tread: https://www.impalassforum.com/cgi-bin...&f=16&t=000124
I personaly like the idea of tieing down the spring with the tiewraps. Those thing are impresively strong.
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