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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 20, 9:03 AM Thread Starter
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Shocks and springs

Did some searching but came up a little more confused than I started.

I’ve got a 68 with a big block (454) and 12bolt rear that is in dire need of springs and shocks/struts all around. If she gets any lower in her own, I’d need a rolling jack just to be able to drive her on the road.

Can anyone tell me what the right front and rear springs are to restore the ride height? I’m looking for stock or near to it.. at most a 1in drop.

Same question with the rear shocks and front struts. I don’t have air shocks in the rear and unless there is a compelling reason I wasn’t planning on going that route.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Shocks and springs

I installed Moog springs #5372 (front) and #5386 (rear). Also used KYB shocks. Seems to be close to stock ride height.

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Re: Shocks and springs

Oh, forgot to mention... I installed these with the 350 and then switched to the 454. Was unsure if I needed to change them after the BB swap, but they seem to do the job.

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I installed Moog springs #5372 (front) and #5386 (rear). Also used KYB shocks. Seems to be close to stock ride height.

Awesome! Thank you!

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I installed Moog springs #5372 (front) and #5386 (rear). Also used KYB shocks. Seems to be close to stock ride height.
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Oops... noticed a typo, it’s #5385. My small phone and fat fingers.
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Re: Shocks and springs

Like Brian did I went with Moog springs but Bilstein shocks. My ride is fairly stock but little more aggressive. I also used boxed control arms, heavier front sway bar (1 1/8) and a 7/8 rear. Since you probably have mods you should take it into consideration weight changes. My SBC with AC uses basically the same fronts as a BB without AC. I highly recommend the Bilsteins. On the Moog site they will show you all the options for different configurations. I also went HD with my spring choices. Many choose the Cargo springs in the rear to get a bit of a lift. If you look at my garage my height is stock If you have an assembly manual it has all the ride height info you want. BTW, I takes a few weeks for the springs to settle down after installation so please don't start cutting springs.
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I have almost the same setup as Bill. Moogs, Billsteins, boxed control arms and sway bars. I also have UMI adjustable upper control arms and QA1 no hops on the 12 bolt. I chose the cargo springs and I'm happy.
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I have almost the same setup as Bill. Moogs, Billsteins, boxed control arms and sway bars. I also have UMI adjustable upper control arms and QA1 no hops on the 12 bolt. I chose the cargo springs and I'm happy.
Fantastic. I cannot thank you all enough. That is the stance I am looking to return to. I’ve effectively got a low rider now with how much things have sagged!

Are the rear moog springs, the cargo ones, a different part number?

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Re: Shocks and springs

It was recommended I get the following for my 69 el Camino.. I never tried these parts but they are suppose to work well with the GM A Body... They give a nice ride

VariShocks
https://scandc.com/product/varishock...bsorbers-pair/

Springs SC&C special.. 1" drop in rear. 1.2" drop in rear...
https://scandc.com/product/spc-perfo...-72-gm-a-body/
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Fantastic. I cannot thank you all enough. That is the stance I am looking to return to. I’ve effectively got a low rider now with how much things have sagged!

Are the rear moog springs, the cargo ones, a different part number?
Sorry for the delayed response. It's my birthday weekend. The Moog cargo control springs are #CC501. I got mine and the insulators through Summit. You're going to be happy with them.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 20, 9:39 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the delayed response. It's my birthday weekend. The Moog cargo control springs are #CC501. I got mine and the insulators through Summit. You're going to be happy with them.

Mine, too! It was the 10th.

Thanks! I’m going to order them next weekend and that will be my August project. Not looking forward to the heat, but anything is better than seeing it sadly sag to the ground.

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