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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-03-2003, 10:56 AM
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what is the stock height of an stock impala?? why?? because i would like to know how much i can lower my car.. i'm think of lowering 1.5 infront and 1.3 in the back. is that to low or still to high!! pease help!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-03-2003, 02:11 PM
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Hi L8,

I just redid my front end & it lowered from 27" in the front to 26". That is using the center of the wheel as the plumline, from the ground (level ground that is) to the bottom of the wheel well trim.

I wouldn't have minded a 1/2" drop, but this is too much. My trim is actually below the top of my tire (barely). Nothing touches when I turn the wheel too sharp, but it is lower than I wanted it. I was hoping that I had some sag in my stock springs with 100K on them & the new Hotchkis wouldn't drop me too much, but it dropped 1" just as advertised.

I am going to do my rears w/new shocks also, in a month or two. I just found out that we have a spring shop here in Ytown that will make springs to order so I am going to check them out tomorrow, hopefully.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-03-2003, 02:38 PM
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Stretch, so stock height is 27 inchs, and dropping 1.3 of an inch is to much! I have 18inch wheels on my imapala and it sit about 28.5 inch. why do high!!
 
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 10:30 AM
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L8,

It might not be too much for you but it is too much for me.

I stopped at the Spring shop I told you about only to find out that they customize in leaf springs not coils. [img]graemlins/4.gif[/img]

Anyway, I am now going to finish my suspension work (for the time being) by installing the Hotchkis springs & Bilsten shocks in the rear. When I do that my front end will raise a little because at the moment my rake is greater than it will be after I replace the shocks & springs in the rear.

The front end will probably raise a 1/4".

I checked out Navy Lifers post & they probably cover all of you questions in there.

God Speed,
Stretch
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 11:09 AM
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hey thanks guys, i'm going with the 1.5 front and 1.3 back! ::I'mn getting tryed of it looking like a 4by car.. I hope it is not to low because it is my weekend car and also my long drive car!!
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 03:09 PM
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I am trying new spring combinations now and can't get satisfied. I have dropped front and rear with Belltech and the ride is too harsh for my 94 9c1 daily driver. I went to 90 9c1 rears per Scott Mueller but it sits too high. I noticed the Hotchkis rear is a 1 inch rear for SS and 1 1/8 for Caprice. I need to go down about 1 inch, the belltech rear was 2. Have you tried the Hotchkis springs and what is the rear height?
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 07:54 PM
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I'mn getting tryed of it looking like a 4by car.. I hope it is not to low because it is my weekend car and also my long drive car!!
Their is no such thing as "too low" lol
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 09:05 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Navy Lifer in the liked post:
The Impala SS dimensions are 0.8" lower in front, and 1.0" lower in rear than any other production sedan--the closest being the front of the suspension option conde 7B3-equipped SEO 9C1 sedan, with 235-70-15 tires
I have a 7B3 front suspension. That explains why Global West springs only lowered the front of my car less than 0.5". Is this suspension lower than the one civilian caprices got?
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 11:11 PM
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Yes!
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