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    Default Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    I am about to do some upgrades on the 70GS suspension. I really love the slammed pro tour look and definitely am interested in a firmer ride as opposed to the stock floating ride. It is currently all stock except for air shocks on the back now to bring the butt down. I ordered UMI 2" lowering springs and UMI tubular front upper and lower control arms. Soon will be ordering big sway bars front and back. I would like to have the front down about 3"(should I cut the front springs to achieve the additional inch) and the back 2-2 1/2" lower for a slight rake. What shocks do you guys suggest for a lowered and a little firmer ride?? Like the stance of this 70 Chevelle with stock wheels(which is what is will keep for now at least)
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    Lee
    Lee
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    i like bilstien they are great..... good luck

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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    Sorry, forgot to add the pic. I know it is a Chevelle but couldn't find a pic of a Buick GS with this stance.
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    Lee
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    I had bilsteins on my 65, then i put on ridetech hq shocks. A world of difference, and they are adjustable. The lowering springs will stiffen it up quite a bit.
    Joe Balesterri
    65 special convertible, slowly going the ls route
    67 gs400-76 455 stock, Ignitionman Dist,
    62 special wagon, 215 (sold)
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    QA1, VariShock, and Vikings are all really good. The Vikings are double adjustable for the same price as the single adjustable models from everyone else. Lots of good aluminum bodied shocks out there now that have far better valving than Koni and Bilistein.

    3" is a lot on a Buick. I always thought the Buick's sat a little lower than the other A bodies to start with. Measure the distance under the crossmember take 3 out and I think you will be really low. If you go for 2" front and back you will be pretty slammed.

    What are you using for front spindles? Lowering with just springs will do nothing for the geometry of the front suspension except screw it up. Most of the time you want to use some type of "tall" spindle or tall ball joints to get better front end geometry. Just call UMI and let them put the combination together. Tubular lowers are nice but really add nothing to the performance of the car.

    To get the rake you want just use a 26" diameter tire in the front with a 28" in the back.
    Doug Gorton
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    I agree with Doug, 3" is to much drop you will regret it after you keep bottoming out. I used 2" drop spindles and was shipped coils that where 1" shorter than stock in error. I didn't find out they shipped me shorter springs until I started researching stiffer coils because I was bottoming out. Stock coils are going in now with a good gas shock. Gord
    1968 Riviera, nice restoration by my buick mentor Riv Ed (rest in peace Ed your Riv is in good hands)
    1969 2 door wildcat, bench, posi 90K Canadian car
    1969 2 door wildcat, buckets, discs, air, etc.. 60K Canadian car
    1970 GSX 10-10, auto, a/c, California emission car, older resto by Tri Shield
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    Quote Originally Posted by racenu View Post
    I agree with Doug, 3" is to much drop you will regret it after you keep bottoming out. I used 2" drop spindles and was shipped coils that where 1" shorter than stock in error. I didn't find out they shipped me shorter springs until I started researching stiffer coils because I was bottoming out. Stock coils are going in now with a good gas shock. Gord
    I had good luck using a 1/2" spacer to raise mine back up 1" That way I got to keep my Global West springs that were a perfect spring rate. Also due to the way front ends work any change in effective spring height is doubled. So a 1" shorter spring gives a 2 inch drop.
    Doug Gorton
    Gravity, it's only a theory.
    Trying is the first step towards failure
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    Supercharged 462-April 2010
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    Dunno what's best beside complete, but any time you lower a car you should go with shorter stroke shocks to match the lowered springs or move the shock mounts so the shock still has the same travel as it did at stock height.
    Andy
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    Quote Originally Posted by afracer View Post
    Dunno what's best beside complete, but any time you lower a car you should go with shorter stroke shocks to match the lowered springs or move the shock mounts so the shock still has the same travel as it did at stock height.
    Do not agree with that. All you are doing is taking some travel out of the system. The shock has no trouble handling that. The lever on the shock is the lower control arm. Since the lower control arm is not changed the geometry of the system is not changed.
    Doug Gorton
    Gravity, it's only a theory.
    Trying is the first step towards failure
    -Homer Simpson
    GSX clone- May 2002
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    1973 Ski Nautique 351w
    87 GN- August 2005

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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    I would not recommend a 3" drop. I currently have a 2" drop on mine Almost too lowI can't even do headers. I have a 68 but the 68 and the 70 are nearly the same stance. You will have the majority of the tire in your wheel well and may have to change your upper control arm to something tubular. It creates a little bit of rub when you turn because of the height. If I could do it again. I would have went with a 1" drop. That would have been perfect.

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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    my front end was too low also with spc drop shocks, and tall lower ball joints. I used rubber spring spacers from global west in the lower control arms to get an inch of height back.
    Joe Balesterri
    65 special convertible, slowly going the ls route
    67 gs400-76 455 stock, Ignitionman Dist,
    62 special wagon, 215 (sold)
    67 skylark 4 drht- 340-4 (sold)
    67 skylark 2 drht -300-2 (sold)

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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    i just ordered Koni gas shocks which are adjustable to fit the global west lower control arms, I had QA-1 but they would not fit because the adjustment knobs wouldn't fit through the small hole in the bottom of the control arm...surprise surprise
    1968 Riviera, nice restoration by my buick mentor Riv Ed (rest in peace Ed your Riv is in good hands)
    1969 2 door wildcat, bench, posi 90K Canadian car
    1969 2 door wildcat, buckets, discs, air, etc.. 60K Canadian car
    1970 GSX 10-10, auto, a/c, California emission car, older resto by Tri Shield
    1971 GSX Cortez Gold 455 non-stage Older resto by "Then and Now"
    1971 Skylark resto mod? pro tour? Tri shield 470, richmond 5 speed, etc..original Az car

    WOT member
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    Quote Originally Posted by sailbrd View Post
    QA1, VariShock, and Vikings are all really good. The Vikings are double adjustable for the same price as the single adjustable models from everyone else. Lots of good aluminum bodied shocks out there now that have far better valving than Koni and Bilistein.

    3" is a lot on a Buick. I always thought the Buick's sat a little lower than the other A bodies to start with. Measure the distance under the crossmember take 3 out and I think you will be really low. If you go for 2" front and back you will be pretty slammed.

    What are you using for front spindles? Lowering with just springs will do nothing for the geometry of the front suspension except screw it up. Most of the time you want to use some type of "tall" spindle or tall ball joints to get better front end geometry. Just call UMI and let them put the combination together. Tubular lowers are nice but really add nothing to the performance of the car.

    To get the rake you want just use a 26" diameter tire in the front with a 28" in the back.
    Tall spindle or tall ball joints is the way to go. Bought SPC adjustable upper arms for the Gs with a tall ball joint. On the Apollo I got the AFX tall spindle, both do the same thing and fix the camber issue on turns. If you are looking to get a little more drop, a taller lower ball joint drops ride height. Hope this is clear as mud.
    Ron W aka hotwired

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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    I just spent the coin on a set of Bilstein shocks (best price was tire rack) and put them on my car. The ride is nice and firm but not harsh.
    Lee
    71 Skylark Convertible 350/350
    79 Corvette 5 spd.

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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    Quote Originally Posted by sailbrd View Post
    Do not agree with that. All you are doing is taking some travel out of the system. The shock has no trouble handling that. The lever on the shock is the lower control arm. Since the lower control arm is not changed the geometry of the system is not changed.
    I guess that's why Global West is now making Extenze for shock towers for cars lowered 3" or more.
    Andy
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    Default Re: Good Shocks For Lowered 70GS

    Quote Originally Posted by afracer View Post
    I guess that's why Global West is now making Extenze for shock towers for cars lowered 3" or more.
    Just because they sell it does not mean you need it.
    Doug Gorton
    Gravity, it's only a theory.
    Trying is the first step towards failure
    -Homer Simpson
    GSX clone- May 2002
    Supercharged 462-April 2010
    1973 Ski Nautique 351w
    87 GN- August 2005

 

 

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