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Username Post: How low would you go....front fender with coil overs        (Topic#346055)
Duke 
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07-16-17 03:20 PM - Post#2700273    

Might be throwing on some front coilovers on my '55, the current ride height of the front fender apex lip is 25". I currently have 2" drop spindles with the 454, original coil springs. Looking to drop the front end a bit. Want to make sure I don't smack the front tire on the fender lip when I am turning or when hitting a bump while steering. It's not a grand-touring ride but nonetheless.

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Tri5man 
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07-16-17 08:22 PM - Post#2700301    
    In response to Duke

If you already have 2" drop spindles I wouldn't lower it any more. My 64 Biscayne has 2" drop spindles and short coils in the back and is almost too low. Any lower and speed humps would be a real problem. I couldn't see lowering it anymore.

Gary



 
Nick P 
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07-17-17 04:59 AM - Post#2700322    
    In response to Duke

  • Duke Said:
Might be throwing on some front coilovers on my '55, the current ride height of the front fender apex lip is 25". I currently have 2" drop spindles with the 454, original coil springs. Looking to drop the front end a bit. Want to make sure I don't smack the front tire on the fender lip when I am turning or when hitting a bump while steering. It's not a grand-touring ride but nonetheless.



Regardless of what may be thought as protocol, coil over shocks shouldn't be considered as a means to an end respective to lowering a vehicle. Granted, one can acquire a degree of minor adjustability but as with any shock, it has a designed ride height/installed height engineered into the product. Violating that suggested length invites disaster or at a minimum damaging a shock. I can attest with some degree of accuracy that mishandling, misuse or improper installation will void any warranty. Suspension systems are a means of allowing movement within the unit - disturbing that design intent simply produces unwanted results. If lower is desired, purchase Control arms that will yield the results wanted and continuance of suspension travel/handling.

Sorry for the long reply.

Nick



 

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