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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-30-2002, 11:01 PM
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Just finished some front end work on the wife's 95 B4U Caprice LT1. I replaced the lower ball joints and cut one coil off the front springs. FYI the Heavy Duty Moog ball joints(K6141) don't fit [img]8.gif[/img], or maybe just don't fit the 94-95 Caprices. It may work on 9C1s and Impalas after 1995, I don't know. I am just posting this hoping to save someone out there some time and aggrevation if they are planning to use the HD ball joint because they are a larger diameter and will not fit in the stock A frame. I ended up going with the Moog 6145 ball joints.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2002, 11:23 AM
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Simple : you misread the parts list [img]smile.gif[/img]

Your car has 9/16" balljoints (i.e. 6145s), and the 6141s are 5/8" balljoints that ONLY work on late 95 and all 96 9C1s (as far as B-bodies go).

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2002, 03:57 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SSmitty:
Just finished some front end work on the wife's 95 B4U Caprice LT1. I replaced the lower ball joints and cut one coil off the front springs.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Mike,

What did you use to cut the coil off the spring?
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-02-2002, 06:21 PM
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Hi Brian,
I used a electric grinder with a metal cutting wheel instead of the grinding wheel. It cut right through and didn't heat up the springs. I actually cut a little more than one coil(about 1 and 1/8th). Any more and I think it would have been too low. Will I see you saturday at the Autofair?
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-02-2002, 08:16 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SSmitty:
Hi Brian,
I used a electric grinder with a metal cutting wheel instead of the grinding wheel. It cut right through and didn't heat up the springs. I actually cut a little more than one coil(about 1 and 1/8th). Any more and I think it would have been too low. Will I see you saturday at the Autofair?
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We didn't have anything like that available at the moment when the whole front end of my car was apart. I thought some slightly shorter springs would be nice.

I won't be at the show during the day. But I'd like to meet up with you guys later when you break for dinner. We can exchange phone contact info.
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