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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 07:46 PM
Josh M.
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O.K. guys here's the deal. I've got a 1996 Caprice with FE3 Sports Suspension package.

I recently installed SS Wheels and am trying to lower the front end the appropriate amount.

I installed SS springs this Friday & the car sits way too high. The lower pigtails are located between the 2 drain holes and the top of the springs "appear" to be inside the locator prongs.

How long should it take for these springs to settle into the proper ride height? I've put 300 miles on the car in the last 2 days. There's about 3 1/2 inches between the driver's side tire and the top of the wheel well & about 3 inches between the passenger side tire and the top of the wheel well.

The springs that I installed were tagged "FTM" - can anybody confirm that these are SS springs?

Thanks for your help - JM.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 07:59 PM
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I can't confirm wether or not those are SS springs, but if they are I would say that one of them, or maybe both are not in those prongs in the top pirch correctly....measure the hieght, is there a particular side that is highest? Im willing to bet that one of the prongs is bent...it is real difficult to get them in the top correctly. Did you use a spring compressor? If not, you need to.
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 08:02 PM
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[img]graemlins/.gif[/img] MY springs are on the OUTSIDE of the locator prongs..... [img]graemlins/3.gif[/img]
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 08:05 PM
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Josh
I got the same problem I put my SS springs on my 92 caprice last wednesday. The springs looked 3 inches shorter standing next to my old caprice springs. I thought I lined the pigtail up correct but the car did not go down at all. I will wait another week till I have time next weekend to drop the a-frame again and try and see what's wrong. In the mean time I'm open to any suggestions. I broke an endlink and a shock last time but the hardest thing was lining those 2 big bolt holes back up. I used the inside drop method.
How did you make out with yours?
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 08:10 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Spartus:
[img]graemlins/.gif[/img] MY springs are on the OUTSIDE of the locator prongs..... [img]graemlins/3.gif[/img]
That's the way they are supposed to be....
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 08:37 PM
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'96 DCMSS - "Im willing to bet that one of the prongs is bent...it is real difficult to get them in the top correctly."

I'll try to get it over the pit and double check that, they looked OK yesterday whan I crawled under it to do an oil change, but I didn't have the best view, and I was still expecting it to settle.


Spartus - "MY springs are on the OUTSIDE of the locator prongs....."

Good point.


Wilt - "The springs looked 3 inches shorter standing next to my old caprice springs...but the hardest thing was lining those 2 big bolt holes back up. I used the inside drop method."

The springs that I installed were the same hieght as the ones that I took out. Both new and old also had eight coils if I recall correctly - the only difference that I could see is that the "FTM" springs that I installed were not as heavy a guage - I was hopping that it would be enough to compress and gain me the drop that I was looking for.

Also I used the outside drop method, and it was a pain in the a$$. I used a spring compressor on the drivers side and found that it was just as easy to wressle it into the passenger side without it.


If the spring compressor is the way to go, I'll listen to any tips anybody has - there has to be a way to make the damn thing work FOR me.

If I find out that the "FTM" springs arn't SS springs, I'll just cut a coil off my Caprice springs - I kind of felt stupid installing smaller guage springs as a performance gain.

Anybody got an ID on the FTM springs? - JM.
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 09:58 PM
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My GM SS springs were shorter than the factory Caprice springs. About 3-4 inches. But the wire diameter on the fronts was 90 thousands larger. Rears were shorter & heavier too. Dropped the car about 2.5 inches but the ride is super firm. Also have a police front sway bar & installed one from a police car in the rear. Also installed poly bushings in the front sway bar & end links. I like to watch other cars try to follow me into a corner. They don't keep up. Also installed factory plates that keep me from turning as sharp. Keeps the tires off fo the sway bars.
357 Bob.
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 11:34 PM
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I just went out in the garage and pulled out my set of rear SS springs I got from a forum member (Bill Speirs). The label on them says: THL 22132375.

Matt
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