what is the best way to STIFFEN a spring without making it taller?

azmusclecar

azmusclecar

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Feb 13, 2018
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I just completed a 2 inch spindle drop on my H/O and sadly I got ahead of myself and purchased tires and wheels BEFORE I did this.
You all know where this is going.

The tire and wheel fit nicely in the wheel well
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.......but when I turn and have any kind of suspension travel on the driver's side front wheel, it
hits the wheel well and wheel molding. The 235 tire I purchased I thought would be okay but the wheel has little to no backspacing so thus
it's outer edge is right there, close to the wheel molding.

I'd like to find an easy way to make the front coils stiffer until I can afford new springs. I can't go back and order different wheels and
tires now. Too much invested so my work around is how do I stiffen the coils without losing my 2 inch drop I just installed.
 
azmusclecar

azmusclecar

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Feb 13, 2018
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I was thinking of a spring spacer.....where the coil will not collapse as far............
 
azmusclecar

azmusclecar

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Feb 13, 2018
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Arizona
The coils are OE, so 40 years of gravity I get it. I'm just not ready to buy new coils at stock height yet......unless I can find a GONGA deal.
 
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azmusclecar

azmusclecar

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Feb 13, 2018
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the other thing you can do is get a wheel alignment and get the camber set at -.50

Can you enlighten me how that will help?
I do have new shocks installed and new control bushings.

how does an alignment help?
 
azmusclecar

azmusclecar

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Feb 13, 2018
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Odd thing is it seems it is only on the driver's side..........of which I used the search forum and it seems there have been others that have claimed
weak spring rates on the driver's side..........
I verified the ride height and it is equal side to side.

Oh and new sway bar end links as well...........
 
melloelky

melloelky

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if you put a solid spacer where the spring meets the lower pocket/spring seat it's works out to a 2:1 ratio,so a 1/2" solid aluminum spacer will increase the ride height an inch.it's cheap and can be reversed when you make changes.
 
azmusclecar

azmusclecar

G-Body Guru
Feb 13, 2018
526
63
Arizona
if you put a solid spacer where the spring meets the lower pocket/spring seat it's works out to a 2:1 ratio,so a 1/2" solid aluminum spacer will increase the ride height an inch.it's cheap and can be reversed when you make changes.
So the spacer must go UNDER the spring at the bottom where it sits in the lower control arm?
 
azmusclecar

azmusclecar

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Feb 13, 2018
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