Well, the ZQ8 wont fit my ride. Now What? - Chevy Impala SS Forum
 
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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-14-2004, 09:14 PM
NAESS
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I got em today and went skipping out the door to put on my newest mod. Well, I get the front end on ramps because I figure I'll be cutting it down a little bit. I get underneath and see that I have a total of 1" between the lower arm and the frame and its just barely not resting on my already cut down stock snubber.

Now what?

I like my ride height but not my ride. I have ST's up front with 1/2 coil cut out of it. I had long ago posted that I was considering using stock SS springs with Dropped spindles so I would have better front end movement but was talked out of it by others because they said I would be too low. So I will ask all over again as I have forgotten all the info.

First, do the AIM spindles still suck balls?
Next, do the dropped spindles poke the wheel out a little more than stock?
Last, does anybody out there run SS springs with dropped spindles and have any problems?

Thanks all, NAESS
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-15-2004, 06:56 AM
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First of all why did you cut a already drop spring. They would have sagged that 1/2" you wanted anyway. I dont know anything about the spindles but it probably be cheaper to install some new springs up front without cutting them and then install the bumpstomps.

My car rest on my bumpstops and Im lowered 2" up front (probably 3" now). My springs has sagged and the bumpstops worked wonders for my right quality. Im gonn get adjustable shocks now and stiffen it up even more. I would try them anyway it wouldnt hurt anything to try them. This is one inexpensive mod that works. $18 is cheaper than a oil change.

You need to jack the car up to install them tho so the wheels fall down to give you room to put them one. With the car on ramps the suspension is still compress like you where on the road.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-15-2004, 10:53 AM
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My car rest on my bumpstops and Im lowered 2" up front (probably 3" now). My springs has sagged and the bumpstops worked wonders for my right quality. Im gonn get adjustable shocks now and stiffen it up even more. I would try them anyway it wouldnt hurt anything to try them. This is one inexpensive mod that works. $18 is cheaper than a oil change.

You need to jack the car up to install them tho so the wheels fall down to give you room to put them one. With the car on ramps the suspension is still compress like you where on the road.
Agreed. My car is on ST's (NOT cut) and rests on the ZQ8 bumpstops. You will have to let the front suspension hang to get them in there, especially since you cut your springs. The ZQ8's really inmproved the ride quality on my car (I have really crappy old shocks), but I must be getting old because I am raising it back to Impala height next month and adding the Monroe Severe Service shocks. Keeping the bumpstops though.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2004, 09:46 PM
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First of all why did you cut a already drop spring

Cuz it wasn't low enough.

I guess I may as well put them on anyway but from what I have read it does raise the front end a bit. It would look really stupid to have the front end higher than the rear.

NAESS
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2004, 11:12 PM
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You can also cut the bumpstops shorter -- just reshape it so that it still has the taper after you cut it.
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 01:15 AM
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You can also pull the foam rubber out of the metal base, cut off the bottom portion and put it back together. With my ST springs, I now have about 1/4" clearance between the frame & the bumpstop. Seems to be working well.
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 02:41 AM
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They seem to work best when your car rides on them ALL the time.. That is how they are designed to work.

It may take a little trial and error, but I'd just cut them down a tad bit, then install them... Do some measurements before and after to see if they raise the car. With your car being so low, you will need to take the weight off of the suspension to get the stops in and out.

Happy modding!
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 10:56 AM
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I had that same problem too, but I have a wagon. The ride DID suck!
I tried the sprints(too low), and the ST's, which didn't bring the front down low enough. Frustrated, I was going to put it back to stock height(BTW, thanks for putting up with me guys).
Then I remembered the "cutting coil" thread.
To make a long story short, I kept the rear ST springs, and took my stock front coils, and cut off a 1/2 coil(real cheap at the year, if you ruin them). BAM! The car sit's perfect, for my tastes.
Not only that, it rides BETTER then it did stock.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 10:06 PM
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Tom, I actually had to trim mine twice, because the when I was riding on the bumpstops the front end felt a little too....I dunno, jittery(?) maybe. Felt like I was feelin every tiny bump & crack in the road. Now, with a bit of clearance (might even be less an 1/4"), they feel perfect (to me).
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