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PostSubject: 1996 Chevy Caprice Wagon    Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:30 pm

Looking to lower my car but was wondering what was the best springs to use without losing ride confort?
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PostSubject: Re: 1996 Chevy Caprice Wagon    Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:41 am

The springs are all about the same for comfort. Your ride comfort will be determined more by the shocks. If you cut the tapered portion of the lower arm bump stop off, you will get about another inch of suspension travel. That will make for a smoother ride over larger bumps. A sharp box cutter will work for cutting the bump stop.

Remember to remove 0.030 inches of shims from each of the upper control arm shim stacks for every measured 1/2 inch of drop. Measure and write down your height from the top of the wheel opening to the top of the rim before installing the springs, and then compare that with the lowered height. Removing the correct amount of shims will adjust for the induced negative camber from lowering the car, and you will not have to go to the alignment shop. For odd measurements...1 7/8" drop for instance, you can use the 2 inch shim stack numbers, and you will be within tolerance.

For those who are a little more adventurous, you can get a little more caster by adding 0.030 to the rear stack and taking 0.030 out of the front stack on each side after setting the camber. E.G. If you measure your drop at 2 inches, you would remove 0.120 from each stack. If you want to get a little more caster, you would remove 0.150 from the front, and 0.090 from the back.
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