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abiddle

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69 camaro new front and rear springs - stance
« on: June 21, 2017, 04:06:33 PM »
This is just an informational post for whoever may be curious. SS350 with original powertrain and non-AC, a spacesaver tire in the trunk. I replaced the original front and rear 5-leaf springs and installed new Koni shocks. I was worried about the replacement springs because they are a generalized version of what was available as original equipment. Here is what I purchased, and a picture of the resulting stance.

1967-1969 Front Coil Springs SB w/o AC Premium Quality
1968 - 1969 Leaf Springs Set, Multi Leaf, Rear, 5 Leaf, Pair, USA
2 of : 1967 - 1969 Camaro Koni Red Front Shock, Each
1967 - 1969 Camaro Koni Red Multi Leaf Rear Shock, Each

I don't know if its appropriate on this forum to mention the vendor, so I will leave that out until told otherwise.

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Re: 69 camaro new front and rear springs - stance
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2017, 05:50:25 PM »
This is how my car used to sit when almost new.


And how it sits now.  My rear springs need to be re-arched which I'm going to do this winter.
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Re: 69 camaro new front and rear springs - stance
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2017, 06:10:33 PM »
This is how my car used to sit when almost new.

Yeah I'm a little surprised and a bit disappointed how low this rear looks with new leaf springs. The front was what I expected to see, no surprise there.

Very nice car, I like it!

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Re: 69 camaro new front and rear springs - stance
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2017, 10:44:03 PM »
Picked it up today. Its always sat lower on the driver rear than the passenger rear, which I assumed were due to aging leaf springs - looks like I was wrong...

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Re: 69 camaro new front and rear springs - stance
« Reply #4 on: Today at 11:13:46 AM »
For me, your pass rear is right on the money.  For the drivers rear, there is a procedure and evaluating if the rear spring is at fault or the opposite front coil is the issue. Jack up the front in the center on a pivot and see if rear settles out.  If it is the rear spring, you can try loading it more.  Loosen bolts, jack up drivers rear, tighten bolts, then bring car down.

For the fronts, even though the factory was higher, I like it lower.  Here is my car after I rearched the monos 1.5" over stock and installed 6320 Moog coils. The front wheel arch is below the top of the tire, but the rears are above the tire, making for a subtle rake. :)


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Re: 69 camaro new front and rear springs - stance
« Reply #5 on: Today at 11:19:36 AM »
Oh yea, if you had original 5-leaf springs, hope you saved them!  You can have them rebuilt and re-arched!

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« Reply #6 on: Today at 11:20:47 AM »
Thanks Kevin - I'll try that, great info. And yes, I keep everything.