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54' Chevy cutting coils, need new shocks?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 54LedSled, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. 54LedSled
    Joined: Mar 11, 2011
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    I am going to cut the stock coils on my 54 chevy belair. I am think I'll start with 1-1.5 coil and go from there. Anywho, trying to figure out a rule of thumb on shock replacement after I make the cuts, will a pair of new stock shocks work from an auto parts store?

    I'm figuring on a 3 inch drop?? Any brand/part # suggestions?

    Anyone have pics? I've done some google searchs here and there...but no real good how-to photos.
     
  2. BabbitBeater
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
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    from Colorado

    Did you do this? How did it turn out? What shocks did you end up going with? Did you find a thread with good pictures?
     
  3. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
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    On my 54 Buick I cut a coil and I used part number 5759 for sensatrac. They were perfect and cheap at the parts store.
     
  4. BabbitBeater
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
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    from Colorado

    Inked - Nice ride! Did you use drop spindles? Was one coil enough? How and how much did you drop the rear?

    How does it handle now?
     

  5. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
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    Just one coil in the front, no dropped spindles. I was running 3in drop springs from Jamco in the back but it's 4-linked and bagged now. Rides awesome.
     
  6. BabbitBeater
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    from Colorado

    How did it ride on the Jamco springs?
     
  7. Inked Monkey
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    Good, I only changed because I went with a different rear end and had the bags laying around.
     
  8. 2 springs is fine on front stock shocks will work upto 2 springs
     
  9. grynder
    Joined: Nov 27, 2009
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    I have 2"-3" drop springs from Coil Spring Specialties and dropped uprights from Fatman with stock, off the shelf part store shocks. I think they are Munroe but I don't remember now. I've never had any problems. I cut my original springs but decided it was worth the money for new ones. I think I paid $169 but I don't remember for sure.
     

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  10. lowrider54
    Joined: Mar 23, 2015
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    What was the drop on the uprights from fat mans? I have cut tree coils... I have recently ordered 1 1/2 drop uprights from buffalo and 2" drop springs from jamco? I hope to have the same look as I do now with a better ride? How far down is three coils?
     

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  11. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
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    3 coils is 1 too many.
     

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