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yes or no on lowering the Buick

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fastlane1, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Fastlane1
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    I recently bought a 57 Buick and Im debating on lowering it. Currently it has a 74 nova subframe and 67 c10 rear coils. Whats everybodys thoughts? I also want to do wide whites.
     

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  3. 45_70Sharps
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    Yes. I think it will look way better about half that far off the ground and still be high enough to be a daily driver.
     
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  4. bowtie40
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    My motto has always been " If it ain't low, It ain't mine...
     
  5. GearSlammer
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    LOWER IT!!! and mine to! super sik buick my man!
     
  6. scrap metal 48
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  7. Fastlane1
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    What route should I go? Cutting Coils?
     
  8. GREASER815
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    Drop it...lower is better!
     
  9. Graham M
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    Dont ever do that unless you want a car that handles like its a waterbed on wheels. There are many companies that sell lowering springs. But budget allowing, air bags would also work great.
     
  10. jasonp
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    I just did full air ride on mine, its on a later 70's GM chassis
     
  11. ChopTopJimmy
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    Does cutting the coils really result in a terrible ride quality? I personally have never used this technic to lower a car but I have seen it done on several occasions. If ride quality suffers so severely why do people use this method? Not trying to argue, just looking for an explanation. Thanks, CTJ
     
  12. 'Mo
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    Cutting coils actually makes the ride stiffer.

    BTW, rear coils usually have a "Pig Tail" (tighter coil) both top and bottom.
    This keeps you from being able to simply cut them, as with the front.
     
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  13. Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
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    Don't just lower it, the lying on the ground broken look is LAME-O. Give it a good stance.
     
  14. Molly's 27
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    Slamm dat bitch! Give it a good stance
     
  15. What do you mean yes or no? The question is how much.
    Lower it!
     
  16. Bobert
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    Wide whites were gone by 1957.
     
  17. Fastlane1
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    Ok! How much lower?
     
  18. black 62
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    i do not know the proper terms but my experience has been that if the coil is the same top to bottom ( 58 IMPALA ) cutting the coils works great---lower it ...
     
  19. Quintin
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    lower it 3 inches
     
  20. KoolKat-57
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    I think you should be UNIQUE like everyone else!;)
    KK
     
  21. 45_70Sharps
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    I used to have a '70 Chevy C10 truck that had the coils cut.
    Damn thing was dangerous!
    I have to admit, I think he may have heated them also.

    Lots of options for lowering the front. I'm deciding how I'm going to do my '54 right now.
     
  22. fifty5rod
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    Cut them coils..I cut the ones on my Windsor 1 1 /2 and wanted more so i cut another 1/2...looks good..rides well..

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  23. Fastlane1
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    that looks really good. Fifty5rod
     
  24. Lower that bad boy. You really have no choice. It's the law.
     
  25. GassersGarage
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    It's perfect the way it is.
     
  26. White walls would be the cats pajamas. HRP
     
  27. robertsregal
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    I would lower a couple inches and yes to the wide whites
     
  28. scrap metal 48
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    Cut 1 1/2- 2 coils and yes to wide whites...
     
  29. need louvers ?
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    Literally EVERY coil equipped car that I have owned over the last 30 years has had it's coils clipped to lower it. It will make the ride stiffer, not looser. Always clip a minimal amount at first, put it together, drive it, take a bit more if you need. Oh, be sure to trim, replace, or relocate your bump stops to compensate and make sure you have enough shock travel as well. If you have to replace the shocks with shorter units. It's a bit of work, but you CAN make a lowered car ride nicely.
     

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