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druzdcm



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PostSubject: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Thu May 06, 2010 4:18 pm

I have been having issues on the road with bumps etc. and am starting with blown shocks because they are. While doing this replacement I know to check for springs being properly indexed, possibly front LC bumpstops. My springs are 3 yrs old and probly only 5k in mileage. Here is what the top of each fender measures(on Hotckis springs):
LF 26 1/4
LR 26 1/16
RF 26 15/16
RR 26 8/16
Stock height was 28" correct? The only thing else to mention is I only have a spare wheel/tire in the trunk , I have lost almost 70lbs on the car(mods, gutting unused metal, or lighter parts), and do not have a large stereo, just a baffleboard w. 10's.
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mean ss



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Thu May 06, 2010 5:01 pm

whats wrong Drew,the car to low or just uneven ? Did you ever have the control arms off if you did did you
tighten them at ride hieght ? make sure your right front spring up in the frame is seated right, not sitting on the metal tabs.
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Thu May 06, 2010 6:41 pm

Never have had the fronts off when I did the springs. I did torque the rear arms on the ground when I did those.
From what I understand shouldn't the rear be higher or much than the front? You can notice also that the left is lower than the right, which I can understand from me(and pervious owner same size) driving and mostly not having passengers.
Just got the new Bilsteins today and I might get started tonight if I am up to it-and some of those new fancy rear shock mount hangers Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Thu May 06, 2010 6:56 pm

swap the front springs and put air lift bags in the rear Cool
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bammax



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Thu May 06, 2010 7:07 pm

Did you use shocks designed for being lowered? If your shocks are designed for full ride height or god-forbid 9c1 height then they're always staying compressed even when the suspension is fully extended. That can decrease their effectiveness and life span.
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Thu May 06, 2010 8:35 pm

bammax wrote:
Did you use shocks designed for being lowered? If your shocks are designed for full ride height or god-forbid 9c1 height then they're always staying compressed even when the suspension is fully extended. That can decrease their effectiveness and life span.

Dont go there. The Bilsteins will be fine

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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Thu May 06, 2010 8:44 pm

He didn't mention which shocks he was running originally. Only that they blew out fairly quickly. That's why I was wondering. The ones your putting in now will be fine though, as stated Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 3:28 am

bammax wrote:
Did you use shocks designed for being lowered? If your shocks are designed for full ride height or god-forbid 9c1 height then they're always staying compressed even when the suspension is fully extended. That can decrease their effectiveness and life span.
HUH i'm lost/ Explain ????? You got shocks specifically designed for a certain ride heght ?
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druzdcm



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 5:55 am

The orginal owner did the Sensatracs a month before I had bought my car from him, sifting through my records. I started with the rears last night and have to get the top bolts, I popped the lower nuts and sprayed the top bolts with pB blaster to soak.
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 5:58 am

M.ROSS wrote:

HUH i'm lost/ Explain ????? You got shocks specifically designed for a certain ride heght ?
Drop shox, Toxic drop. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 6:48 am

druzdcm wrote:
While doing this replacement I know to check for springs being properly indexed, possibly front LC bumpstops


What??? How is the front springs suppose to be indexed?
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druzdcm



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 9:24 am

Bottom of coil should be set between the two holes on lower arm
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 12:31 pm

IMPALADAKID wrote:
M.ROSS wrote:

HUH i'm lost/ Explain ????? You got shocks specifically designed for a certain ride heght ?
Drop shox, Toxic drop. Wink
I can understand these on a car that's really low.
But what i'm saying is ANY shock is more then likely always compressed
to some degree .and Drew those sensatracs are crap when installed.I got a brand new pair that i wouldn't give to my worst enemy.
WHO WANTS EM affraid
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sdstick



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 12:49 pm

FYI-
Toxic Shock Drop Shocks

Your Vehicle...
1995 Chevrolet Impala

Sorry no products were found for your 1995 Chevrolet Impala

IMO Way to many people rave about the Bilsteins to think theyre not a good selection Rolling Eyes
I use the QA1's for the adjustability
Both Bilsteins & QA1's can be factory rebuilt
MOST (if not all) shock manufacturers put velocity stages into thier valving to compensate for changes in ride height
Once Drew has these installed we'll have an un-biased opinion bounce

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95BBB 100K 3.73 383 New DD...already broke fixt the 4L60E twice
95 Black WB4 Hole...ee...grail
96 Black WB4 No holes in this
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Fishah



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 12:58 pm

Bilsteins rock!

Sensa-tracs blow!
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druzdcm



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 2:16 pm

I intend on getting the rears on quickly, then the fronts...doing work by yourself is sometimes a pain. Ahem no one is close to me but poor Brad Laughing AYes, these shox are junk but I have been just waiting and waiting till they are completely done.
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bammax



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 4:00 pm

Like I told Billy. My stitches come out on the 12th so I can't help anyone with anything until after that. You people have no patience Razz

On a side note I'd be more than glad to help on a day that we're both free, but I can't even drive right now so it makes things difficult.
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druzdcm



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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 8:43 pm

I was really hinting to there is no one near me!
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PostSubject: Re: Issues I have with ride/suspension   Fri May 07, 2010 9:30 pm

Now that I'm in Mansfield I'm not even all that close anymore. Not that I was ever really all that close Rolling Eyes
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