Suspension help

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by CurtsChevy, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. CurtsChevy

    CurtsChevy New Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Hello. I Recently rebuilt a 1973 Camaro. My subframe scraps driveways and I was wondering if I need better shocks for my hotchkis lowering springs cause when I installed them they didn’t have a problem scrapping and they where much stiffer at the time (6 months ago) I am not sure if it’s because they settled but it doesn’t look like my ride height has changed, should I be running the hotchkis lower control arms with there spring spacer shims? I am currently running stock bilstien shocks and stock control arms.
  2. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    Shocks should not impact ride height.

    Your subframe hits the ground?
  3. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 25, 1999
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Bonzo is right shocks shouldn't affect ride height
    Subframe hitting is odd. Can you post pics?
  4. CurtsChevy

    CurtsChevy New Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Can’t post any good pictures tonight with it sitting really low to the ground. Well a few weeks ago I found fresh scrapes on the bottom of the cross brace just though it was cause of that type of drive way. Well I just happened to find that it the exhaust pipe is scraping after the collector from earlier today from a different drive way. I was hoping that better shocks would keep the suspension from coming up so fast sorry looking for an excuse to upgrade I guess. Any suggestions I should take would be helpful. Would putting the hotchkis lower control arms and ride height shims make my car come up higher from stock control arms? Idk if anyone could point me in the right direction that would be great
  5. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    Central NJ
    Did you install drop spindles?
  6. Green hornet

    Green hornet Veteran Member

    Oct 11, 2015
    North Bay, CA
    Sounds like your issue is a byproduct of your lowering springs. As stated above different shocks will not help. Any changes to help raise the subframe would negate the purpose of the lowing springs.
  7. carr911

    carr911 Veteran Member

    Mar 4, 2016
    Tampa, FL
    Shocks are not going to help. If you are scraping the Springs are too short.
  8. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    May 6, 2012
    Federal Way, Washington
    Its the spring height , Both my cars (My 1979 Z-28 RS Camaro And 1981. El Camino SS both set lower than stock, The Camaro has Vette Brakes 1984 mono-leaf adjust-able front suspension and factory WS-6 rear spring ,And the El Camino has Rancho springs. And I have never have much of a problem. Just remember that these are street cars so you have to compromise , You might have to change your springs, Go coil over.shocks ,and or airbag it are some suggest it ,It all depends on what you want to do with your car and your wallet .Good luck to you, 130044932860518017_26257430996_o (1).jpg

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