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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-08-2003, 09:28 AM
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Hi all...

I am thinking about installing a set of Hotchkis springs, but wanted to know if the shocks had to be changed too. If so, I will go with the Bilstiens (the whole "do it right the first time" thing), but just had to ask the question.

Thanks for the input!!!

TR
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 07:48 PM
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I would say yes. Maybe someone more experieneced will chime in.....

But think, new springs, and old shocks. The shocks will allow the vehicle to put more weight on the new springs, which would wear them out faster.

But, even if they are good shocks, id replace them. No point in doing it half-way, then replacing your shocks 20-30k down the road.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 10:23 PM
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I hear everybody talking about getting hotchkis springs. Is it that the stock SS springs are no good or you all are just going lower. I have a 93 caprice,and considering the stock SS springs. I like how even and low the impala looks with the stock springs. But if there is something wrong with the springs, then I might have to go with the hotchkis springs.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 11:32 PM
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SSuspect, what are you running for shocks right now? Stock?

When you switch to the hotchkis springs, you'll want to have a better shock in there (i.e. Bilstiens, koni's, hals). I could go into why you wanna do this, but for simplicity's sake, I'll just stop there.

Maniac, there is nothing "wrong" with the stock spring, however, they are just not all that great for handling, etc. They usually are starting to wear out around 100-150k miles and so when people go to replace them, it's cheaper, and makes more sense from a handling performance point of view to upgrade to an aftermarket spring, like Hotchkis. And what's nice about hotchkis is that they are a COMPLETE spring package including everything you need for a pretty darn good price, and you KNOW that the springs will be true to their advertised drop (1.25" front, 1" back).
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 01:22 AM
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So BruiSSer are you saying that it would better for me to go with the hotchkis rather then the stock SS springs. So if I do go with hotchkis springs(1.25 front,1"back)will it give me the same height as the stock impala.
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 01:45 PM
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Maniac,

I have had my Hotchkis springs & Bilsten shocks on for two days (in the front, I had someone do them with the PST Superfront end kit, I am doing the rear myself in a couple of weeks) & Brussier is right on the drop, but he means you will be that much lower than your present stock height.

Your car will be 1 1/4" lower in the front & 1" lower in the rear.
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 02:28 PM
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But on my 93 caprice the rear is up higher then the front. What I'm looking for is the levelness the impala has. So will the (1.25"front,1"back) give me the stock SS look if I go with hotchkis
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 02:41 PM
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The Hotchkis springs will drop it 1 1/4" in the front and 1" in the rear from STOCK SS ride height. This is the look you will get.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 04:26 PM
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Originally posted by maniac:
So BruiSSer are you saying that it would better for me to go with the hotchkis rather then the stock SS springs. So if I do go with hotchkis springs(1.25 front,1"back)will it give me the same height as the stock impala.
Maniac,

It's sometimes hard to understand but the Hotchkis springs will lower your 9c1 LOWER than a Stock SS, The Lowering dimensions advertised are relative to the STOCK SS Height not the Civie / or 9c1 Caprice.

If you want to lower your car to the Stock SS Height then you may need to find a set of SS Springs. Or, if you want to drop the car further, then the Hotchkis Spring are real nice and will give you a further drop of 1.25" front & 1" rear compared to the SS Springs.

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