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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-28-2011, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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help concerning front springs

when i bought my truck the previous owner said the front coils had been replaced during the last inspection some rust was found in one of the coil towers so ill be replacing it this brings my question ive come to realize the 92 to 96 models ride lower in the front than the 87 to 90 but a buddy with a 96 and same engine and trans seems to have a firmer more controlled ride than mine ive been told by some that my model with the 6 and a/c should have had hd coils is this true or no? and if the previous owner installed standard duty coils would it effect ride that much? im just wondering if i need to replace the coils when i do the towers ? truck rides fine on the hwy but in town when it hits bumps it just seems to be felt harder than in my 90 or my buddies 96 or could this all be from the cheap gabrial shocks the previous owner installed? i just want some advice before tossing a bunch of parts into a truck that dont actually need replacing. and yes the shocks are virtually brand new so its not a matter of worn shocks
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-28-2011, 11:38 PM
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why are u replacing the towers.. i live in the rust belt and the ones on my 84 are still in good shape... the factory had different spring rates on what where the engine opts so a truck with 5.8 coils in a truck that has a l6 is goin to be stiff. the aftermarket coil is progressive rate and fits all rates. 80-96 with every engine opt.

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I put 5.0L coil springs in mine and it rides just about right. If you don't already have it, put a stabilizer bar in as well. Consider carefully changing the spring towers, as I recall, that also forms part of the crossmember and I believe the engine is mounted to it as well as the I-beams.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-29-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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no the upper coil buckets are seperate from the cross member they are held in with 4 rivets i have to replace them because the top part on both is rusted away and the retaining bracket on one of them is about to fall off unfortunatly i get hit heavy with salt as i live right on the bay as well as heavy salt in the winters and saint john is famous for its metal eating fog that comes off the bay you can freaking taste the salt in the air sometimes lol
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