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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Suspension upgrade complete...

So it's been awhile since I updated y'all on the progress of updating the suspension on my 64. After a long delay due to becoming a dad for the third time over, I finally got her done. Mostly stock setup aside from conversion to front disc brakes. Here's the list:

Front sway bar: hellwig
Ball joints upper and lower: upgrade kit from late great Chevy
Tie rods: upgrade kit from late great Chevy
Idler arm: Moog
Control arm bushings: energy suspension polyeurothane
Body bushings: energy suspension polyeurothane
From single to dual master cylinder with proportioning valve: CPP
Power booster: CPP
Springs: Moog stock height
Shocks: KYB front, Monroe Air back
2 inch drop spindles: sssb
11 inch rotors front: sssb
Calipers front: sssb
Front brake line: 3/16" kit from amazon where you make your own
Rear brake pistons

Total with alignment is around $2k.

This was my first time working on suspension and definitely had it's challenges but is rewarding now that it's complete. The alignment shop said it looked good but i had him go over everything and torque to spec. So far she's driving like a new car and handling like a dream! This was a little intimidating at first and required a ton of patience but well worth the effort. I didn't want the car quite as high as stock height but didn't want to cut springs, and coil overs were out of budget. The 2 inch drop is perfect for me.

Happy to share any insights if anyone has questions... I know there's plenty of choices out there but this was my attempt at doing it on a budget and feel I was pretty successful for a first timer.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 11:55 AM
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Congrats on the young-un , Car looks great what shade of silver is that looks great with the wheels.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 12:14 PM
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Congrats Clayton on two jobs well done!

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Kaycee, that's a satin silver which is the original car color but I had the paint shop throw in a touch of pearl red to help it stand out.


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Nice work! just a slight lift to the back, looks good



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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2014, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks David! Rear adjustable air shocks are at about 90 psi which is giving it a slight raise over the front.


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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 02:45 PM
 
 
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gratefuldad, this is beautiful! Exactly the kind of look we were gonna go for on my girls 64 impala, just a slight forward-lean, but nothing too aggressive (for these boats!). Did you go with two-inch lowering springs all the way around, or just up front?
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Really happy with the stance. Actually they are stock springs - not cut. Moog 6004 is the part number. I'm using 2" drop spindles and Monroe air shocks in the back give some control over the rear height. How far along is your lady's car?


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Thanks! Really happy with the stance. Actually they are stock springs - not cut. Moog 6004 is the part number. I'm using 2" drop spindles and Monroe air shocks in the back give some control over the rear height. How far along is your lady's car?


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It's being daily-driven right now, so I'm just trying not to break anything critical at the moment. I haven't done squat with the suspension, aside from bumping up my tire pressure to about 30lbs on all four corners, which has done wonders for the vehicle so far. We're planning to put kyb gas-a-just shocks in at some point in the nearish future as a start.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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I have kyb in the front and they're nice and tight. Upgrade as you go and she'll treat you right!


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