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Discussion in 'Original Drivetrain Topic' started by camaro gold z28, Nov 3, 2007.
What are you Sergeant Friday? Just the Facts Ma'am TEE-HEE
I've used Eatons on several '1st gens (including Z/28) with good results...and not that expensive..about $199 I think plus freight.
I've got my original '69 Z springs which were sagging...I thought that they were done so swapped them out for replacements (got them from Steve's Camaros so don't know the make)
I have something strange in my '70...I'll try to snag a photo...I wil be on the look out for a set of replacement springs for it soon enough.
Hey Rick, did you find time to look up the manufacturer on those springs?
They came from D&R automotive. Because D&R sells different springs when I asked which ones mine were all he coud tell me was that they were 5 leaf. LOL. even I figured that out.
They do fit nice and the height is perfect.
As in D & R that sells reproduction parts and is located in the midwest (Chicago???)?
Like these guys? http://www.drclassic.com/index.html
Is this the set of springs you ordered for your Z? http://www.drclassic.com/catalog/Camaro/Suspension/K00035-HVDTY70.html
Or was this it: http://www.drclassic.com/catalog/Camaro/Suspension/K00034-STD70.html
I got them through Camaro Specialties in East Aurora NY.
If you look at the ones you posted (heavy Duty) the bands holding the springs is not the correct bands for the 1970 springs. The ones I bought are this style. The bands are 1970 correct.
I had the same issue with Eaton springs that Jon did.
I ran them for a year and they never changed a bit. They actually held the rear up to the point where the shocks were fully extended all the time. I replaced them with a set from http://www.classiccarsprings.com. Big difference!
Ride height is certainly an important aspect - I would hate to have a set of springs that left the car sitting too high front or rear. But I am also concerned with proper handling characteristics, as in are the springs the correct weight (125lbs/inch for Z/28)?
Longevity is also a concern. I have many a friend and acquaintance who have purchased rear springs at reasonable rate only to have them sag prematurely or wrap up and stick under hard acceleration.
Any experience with longevity?