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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Lowering a 1966 Impala

Have a 66 Impala conv, changed shocks and springs. 2" lowering springs all around.
In the back the stance is ok but the front still sits a little to high.

Should I buy drop spindels or buy new control arm were the spring pocket is 2" lower than stock?
Any other ideas? Already thinking of air ride but its to expensive for now.

The engine is a sb, and I have 20" wheels all around.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 03:16 PM
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You may get a variety of answers to this but for me, I'd probably cut a 1/2-coil and put them back in. Then another 1/2 coil for any extra drop needed.
I *assume* you've driven these new springs around for a few hundred miles to let them settle in, as a new spring will definitely relax over the first few hundred miles.

I had not heard of a 'drop pocket' a-arm but......I don't even like the sound of it. lol

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 08:02 PM
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It is an old LowRider trick. You cut the spring pocket radially then add a two inch strip of flat stock that you have coiled around a light pole or similar cylinder. That will create a two inch deeper pocket for the spring to sit in. With this trick you can fine tune the suspension so that it sit even after the surgery if it didn't sit even before. You taper or cut the filler strip to the desired amount you want to drop the car. It is a way of lowering the car without affecting suspension travel or geometry.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2014, 01:37 PM
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Cut 1 coil off each front spring.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2014, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Haven't been driving it so much, will drive it a while before I do anything

If I cut a coil, do I cut it straight?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-17-2014, 01:07 AM
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Yes 1 complete coil. Cut straight.
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