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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-17-2003, 10:26 PM
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All right guys I need your expert advice on the pros and cons regarding drop spindles or shorter springs. Which would be the better application?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 05:01 AM
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If your just wanting to do one or the other I'd say spindles. Spindles will keep your stock suspension. All they do is move the wheel up 2".
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 08:27 AM
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I had lowered coils on my wagon till I put the bags on it now it has drop spindles.
My SS still has 2" drop springs on it.
They both ride fine
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 05:21 PM
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if you put in spindles it will still have the same ride quality
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 09:13 AM
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I had (just removed) bell tech 2" drop spindles on the front of my car. It was a nice drop and everyone would always comment on how soft the ride was for a lowered car.
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 12:23 PM
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Ghosst, what did you do with the back of the car? I have some belltech spindles that I haven't installed yet and I bought some S.T. springs (2inch drop) for the back. But I don't know if that will work.
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 01:09 PM
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I didn't have anything on the back, just stock springs. Gave it a raked look but I liked it. I will tell you from experience that with dropped spindles and ST springs you should be about perfectly level and this will work very well. With Hotchkiss you will have a slight rake to the front but not much. With Sprint the a$$ end will sag lower than the front. I have Hotchkiss on now but had sprints on for about an hour. I hated the way they made the back look. Basically they REALLY made the non-centered rear wheel very noticeable and retarded looking since they were sooooo low. It was bad enough that I felt I was justified overnighting the Hotchkiss from Summit (on my stoop in 36 hrs - thanks summit!) Hope this helps. I would say go with what you've got and you won't be disappointed. I drove my car for a day with lowering springs in back and stock springs/bell tech spindles in front and it rode very nice. Kinda in between the feel of stock and lowering springs. What did you pay for your bell techs. I am selling mine soon just to recoup the cost of the spindles I got at the wrecker. Is 150 bucks for drop spindles with 50k on them reasonable? Thanks,
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 02:27 PM
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I paid $200 for mine on ebay. They had never been put on the guy's car. It was $40 for shipping from FLorida to Virginia. So you are probably right on the money for your set maybe even a little low.
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 09:46 PM
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Thanks Dee [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-01-2003, 10:01 AM
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I just cut the front coils (one coil per inch) Yes it changed the sus geometry but an alignment corrected the neg camber. The spring rate will not change. If you wanna go stiffer, use a spring off a truck used on bi block models and cut accordingly. For the rear I used a coil over setup from QA1 with the right spring mounted in the stock shock position. You might try this before spending alot of time on spindals. From what I understand, you will lose steering distance from lock to lock with spindals and rub fender wells or frame
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