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Old 09-13-2020, 12:28 PM   #1
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Spring spacers

I have a good Chevy lean on my 68 cost. I've replaced with drop spindles and springs.

Also replaced bushing and rod for upper and lower control arm.

I've measured and cannot locate if any damage to Lower A arm.

Has anyone used spring spacer to help level out?

Trying to locate source to purchace?

Any help greatly appreciated
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:34 PM   #2
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Re: Spring spacers

Couple of things. First if the springs are new you might drive it a bit and see if they settle a little. Make sure the ends of the springs are seated properly.
If that doesn't work I think places like Speedway Motors sell rubber spring spacers that fit into the upper spring pocket.
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:45 PM   #3
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Re: Spring spacers

I gave it a chance to settle, made sure it was in pockets. I even switched with other side but same results. I'll check with speedway motors.

Thank you
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:58 PM   #4
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Re: Spring spacers

Was going to suggest swapping the springs side to side, but looks like you did that. Did you measure frame to ground on both sides? Check cab and radiator support bushings.
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Old 09-15-2020, 12:34 AM   #5
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Re: Spring spacers

Frame to the ground measure even. I did noticed the spring is not centered between cross member and lower A arm. Sits forward. The passenger side is centered. I cannot see anywhere where a arm is bent
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Old 09-15-2020, 02:25 AM   #6
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Frame to the ground measure even. I did noticed the spring is not centered between cross member and lower A arm. Sits forward. The passenger side is centered. I cannot see anywhere where a arm is bent
So...... if the frame to ground is even the "lean" is above the frame. Check cab bushings and mounts.
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Old 09-15-2020, 06:45 AM   #7
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Re: Spring spacers

I 've also measured mounts and bushings. I've even shimmed cab and bed. Where the difference in measurement is where spring sits. I'm trying to figure out why and show no sign of bent. The spring is sitting in pockets correctly. Noticed pic I sent the spring sits a bit forward not centered.

I changed rod and bushings for A arm and that only goes on one way.

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Old 09-15-2020, 08:20 PM   #8
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Any chance the frame is bent? I know not good news but a frame shop could measure and confirm good or bad news.
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:17 PM   #9
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Re: Spring spacers

I guess that would be the next step is take it to a frame shop. I see no sign what so ever where is been in a wreck or frame damaged.

I was looking spring spacer to lift left side and try and even out.
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:22 PM   #10
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Re: Spring spacers

I replaced A arm rod and bushings and I'm positive that nothing went on backwards.

I've measured and compared both AArms and everything checks out.

If you look at pic. The spring is not centered on the side I'm having trouble with.
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Old 09-16-2020, 02:44 AM   #11
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Re: Spring spacers

With an almost 50 year old vehicle who knows what was done. Are the lower arms correct? Lower arm mounting points damaged? Maybe two left or right control arms? Arms should be a mirror image of each other. Not exactly alike. What is the caster like from side to side?
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Old 09-16-2020, 08:04 PM   #12
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The lower A Arm looks original I changed out bushing,rod and ball joint, can't have 2 lefts or 2 rights as shock mounts be not right. Mounting location for arms I show no damage anywhere. I would think if frame was bent then I would have different measurements from frame to ground?

I guess I could try and locate another Alarm and replace the one with have.

I did used new drop spindles as well.
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Old 09-17-2020, 09:35 AM   #13
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Re: Spring spacers

Can you get a pic of the other side to compare spring position vs. this side you're focusing on?

What were the measurements before you made the changes?
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:45 PM   #14
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Re: Spring spacers

I need to get truck on the lift and lift occupied at the time. The right side the spring sits center of pocket.

I didn't take any measurements prior to taking apart.

All I know is if I measure frame to floor. Both sides are even but if I measure from inside pockets of spring. The left side is about 3/8 Lower which makes a big difference where fender lip rubs on tires
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Re: Spring spacers

Only thing that makes sense is its not actually seated properply. I know you confimed it is so I don't have any further suggestions. Prior measurements might have let you know whatever it is was pre-existing vs the mystery.
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Old 09-18-2020, 01:27 AM   #16
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Re: Spring spacers

I was able to get pix of left and right. Notice how centered the right side is
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Re: Spring spacers

Looks like the lower control arm cross shaft is farther forward comparing the two sides @ a glance. Can you verify they're both seated correctly & have the same fore/aft dimensions.
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:48 PM   #18
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Re: Spring spacers

Yes- measure locating dowel holes on cross shafts.. cross shafts may have been from two different batches..

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Old 09-20-2020, 09:19 PM   #19
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Measured both sides and both even
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Old 09-20-2020, 10:20 PM   #20
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Probably just the angle of the pics then.
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